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Glass is a brand of enthusiasts.
The brand that ended so dynamically had its roots in agricultural vehicles and small transport. The Goggomobils were the first steps on the road to serious motorized transport after WWII. The 'adult' cars from Glas have always been fairly exclusive. They have never known the wide popularity of Beetles or Mini's.
But for the connoisseurs, enthusiasts, the brand there is not much nicer. And the Glas cars were fast. That is why they had the same plus point for West German criminals as the six-cylinder TAs at the time had for their French colleagues: They were faster than police cars.
The Glas 1300 GT was presented at the IAA in 1963, but production did not start until March 1964. With this car the Hans Glas GmbH company distanced itself from the Goggomobil dwarf car image (although the Goggomobil was still being produced). The Glas 1300 GT was a very sporty car, designed by Frua. The engine was actually a drilled S 1004 engine, with the then-signature toothed belt drive. The block produced 75 hp. The car, which was first available as a coupé, and from September 1964 also as a convertible, was thus 170 km / h. In September 1965 the engine power was increased to 62,5 kW (85 hp) and a top speed was 175 km / h fast.
In September 1965 a coupé and a convertible version of the Glas 1300 GT with an 1.700cc engine that delivered 100 hp appeared. This engine had a longer stroke, which increased the height of the block. That made it necessary for the bonnet to get a hump as it would later become known in America under the name of 'power bulge'. This raised hood was also applied to the 1300 versions from that moment. Before September 1965, the hood of the Glas 1300 GT was only fitted with two chrome strips. The 1700 GT models, both in coupé and convertible version, became relatively successful.
Bought by BMW
After the takeover by BMW, the Glas 1700 GT Coupé went under the name of BMW 1600 GT, fitted with the engine from the BMW 1600-2. There were, however, minor changes in appearance, such as the BMW "kidneys" in the grill and the rear lights, which came from the BMW 2 series.
Because Glas had become an actual BMW competitor, the decision by BMW to put a line under the Glas story was strategically correct. But that is no less sad.
In AMK number 6
AMK number six contains the story of Glas passionado Jaap Groeneveld, his Glas cabrio and his Glas coupé. The story about those two cars and their rebirth. And that something like that yields a different story than the restoration of a Beetle or a Mini? Just because of the fact that the component provision for those cars is at a completely different level. And Jaap Groeneveld can also talk about that.
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