Monday 26 September 2011
Hans Glas GmbH is a former German automotive company, which was based in Dingolfing. Originally a maker of farm machinery, Glas evolved first into a producer of motor scooters, then automobiles. It was purchased by BMW in 1966, mainly to gain access to Glas's patents, they were the first to use a timing belt with an overhead camshaft in an automotive applications, with its limited model range shortly phased out by its new parent.
In 1962 BMW released the BMW 1500. The popular four-door compact's success exhausted the production capacity of the Munich plant. In 1966 management decided to buy Glas and absorb the Glas model line.
Changes under BMW:
-The 04-type, the GT and the 1700 sedan were given BMW badges in the last year of their production.
-The GT was reengineered and so it was built with a BMW engine and rear axle and sold as BMW 1600 GT until 1968.
-The V8 got a bigger engine constructed by Glas and was also sold until 1968 as BMW-GLAS 3000 V8.
-The 1700 sedan was built and sold by a South African importer with several changes as BMW 1800 SA until 1974.
-The Goggomobil T300, T400, T400 Coupé (renamed Sport), Glas Isar T700 and the Glas 1204 were licensed for manufacture in Argentina during the 1960s.
- engine: V8
- capacity: 2982 cc
- horsepower: 160 HP
- gearbox: 4+1
- top speed: 195 km/h