1968 BMW Glas 3000GT V8SOLD

Rare, Unique, and Beautifully Restored!

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One of just 389 3 litre Glas coupes built, this particular car is from the final year of production of these handsomely styled coupes. Originally introduced by Glas, more famous for its minicars, the coupe featured a 2.6 litre (and later 3 litre) overhead cam V8 and elegant styling by Pietro Frua. Not surprisingly, the car bears a strong resemblance to his other work of the period, most notably the Maserati Quattroporte, Mexico, and the glamorous 5000GT. During the production run, BMW bought out Glas, so later cars, such as this one, wear BMW badges. The specification was quite innovative and includes fully synchronized 4-speed gearbox, power steering, power disc brakes all round (inboard rear), and de Dion rear suspension. The engine was also remarkable for its sophisticated OHC construction and because it was one of the earliest applications of belt rather than chain actuated timing. This particular car was also fitted with a number of original options including front and rear foglamps, a Talbot side mirror, and a Becker Grand Prix AM-FM radio. All of these options are present today and in excellent condition. The car has also been updated with electronic ignition.

This particular car has been comprehensively and beautifully restored. It was kept in a museum in Munich for 28 years before being imported to the United States, and is truly stunning. The exterior paint is free of noticeable flaws and was extremely well done. The exterior chrome is also extremely nice, with only minor wear to the bumpers. The balance, including the grille, window frames, hubcaps etc. is in excellent condition. The rubber is also in fine shape, as are all lights and lenses, including the rare yellow Bosch foglights and the headlights. The windows are also in excellent condition. The steel wheels have a deep offset, which gives the car an aggressive look, and the tires are period Michelin XVS items.

The interior is in spectacular condition. There are very few, if any areas showing wear or deterioration. The carpets, upholstery, dashboard, door panels, and headliner are in excellent shape. There is a full complement of gauges artfully laid out, each punctuated by an attractive `V8` emblem. The steering wheel is wood-rimmed and shows no significant deterioration to the varnish or to the metal spokes. Both the clock and the Becker radio work faultlessly, and the dashboard is exceptional. There is no discoloration, shrinkage, waviness at all. All knobs are present, beautifully made, and in superb shape. A set of period correct 3-point seat belts has also been fitted. The large doors shut solidly and easily, and allow easy ingress/egress to the large back seats. There is enough space in the back for a full sized human being to sit comfortably. The trunk is in similar condition and is trimmed in square-weave carpet to match the interior.

The engine compartment is correct and very clean. It shows evidence of having been properly looked after and has a very tidy look to it.

The driving position is very commanding, and the interior feels spacious and airy thanks to the high seating position, slim pillars, and generous glass area. The motor is throaty and responsive, and the brakes and gearbox make the car very usable in today`s traffic. The suspension is compliant and the car feels sure-footed.

This is an extremely rare opportunity to acquire this unique and mechanically sophisticated car. This example is in exceptional condition and is ready to enjoy. Furthermore, thanks to its modern feel and genuinely practical back seats and trunk, it is truly usable, despite its formidable rarity.

Reference Number 3122

as of 8/10/2006

Overview
Car 1968 BMW Glas 3000GT V8
VIN 602001745 
Exterior / Interior Color      Red /      Black 
Mileage 82,977 miles 
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