BMW 1600 GT History

When after the BMW takeover the production of most GLAS automobiles was halted, it was the GT, next to the Goggomobil and the V8 were a continuation of the GLAS legacy was granted.

Since BMW had after the war no real sports car in their program, the GT was an opportunity to fill the gap. From the GLAS design only the body and the front axle were left, while the engine, transmission and rear independent suspension from the 1600 Ti was used. In the grille the familiar BMW kidney was fitted. The engine from the 1600 Ti fit straight into the engine bay but filled it out completely. Also, the rear axle required much more space, so that the spare tire had to be moved from the bottom to the side of the trunk. Overall brought the independent rear axle better cornering performance especially on uneven road surfaces, but at the same time showed a strong tendency to under steer, while the GLAS live axle had behaved entirely neutral here.

The BMW engine had 1600 cc with 105 hp at 6,000 RPM which made the BMW GT the fastest car in its class. It accelerated from 0-100 km / h in 10.5 seconds (compared to Porsche's 912 12.5 sec). The top speed of 190 km / h was achieved by a higher drive train ratio but with the cost of less than ideal ratio increments in the lower gears.

The interior remained virtually unchanged. The price of the car was nearly 16,000 German Marks. BMW started in June 1967 the production of the 1600 GT. Production was stopped in August of 1968. A total of 1,256 GTs were built in this time frame, including two convertibles. One of the convertibles was built for the former major BMW shareholder Quandt. This car was restored by the Allianz Center for Technology in Munich, in order to gain experience in the restoration of a collector's car.