Glas V8 History

Now GLAS is reaching for the "stars"

GLAS V8 2600 PrototypeGLAS V8 2600 Prototypemust have been the comment from many visitors at the 1965 IAA, when again a totally new concept vehicle presented itself to the audience at the stand of the Dingolfinger. There on the presentation turn table stood an exclusive 4 to 5 seat sports coupe, designed to appeal to the buyer, who looked for a car which simultaneously represented status but also had a sporting character.
With this car, which was readied only within a few months for production, GLAS penetrated into the illustrious circle of international luxury cars. The body, again designed by the Italian Pietro Frua, was what made the V8 so attractive. The similarity to the Maserati earned the V8 the nickname "Glaserati".

The heart of the car was a V8 engine with 2,600 cc and 140 hp, catapulting the car to a top speed of 200 km / h. The development cost of the engine could be kept low, because of GLAS's modular parts system. Components of the 1300 engine were used. The chassis had a wheelbase of 2.50 m and a track width of 1.42 m. The front axle was fitted with double wishbone suspension; a delicacy was the DeDion rear axle with a Panhard rod and the self leveling Boge-Hydromat struts.

....luxurious dashboard....luxurious dashboard

Exquisite was also the interior. Alone the dashboard with its seven round instrument gauges was a real "watchmaker's" feast. Interior and appointments were exclusive and at the same time sporty. Elongated contours, low beltline, large windows and coordinated discreet chrome accents gave the car special appearance.
The comments of the press, "a wolf among sheep", "The big rocket from Dingolfing," "A Star of the highest nobility" were examples of how the car was being received.

GLAS V8 2600 in Schwabing 1967GLAS V8 2600 in Schwabing 1967Production of the V8 began in July 1966. Power was increased to 150 hp at 5,600 RPM. The engine however did not run smooth and fell short of the power that was expected.
A planned increase in displacement to 3 liters took place after the takeover of the GLAS company by BMW. Now the engine made 160 hp and performed as expected.
The car underwent an upgrade, in that the BMW badge was now mounted to the hood and trunk lid.
BMW continued to eliminate teething problems on the V8 before they decided to completely stop production in May of 1968.