Back in the 1960’s, BMW purchased a competing auto brand, Hans Glas. After buying Glas, BMW decided to take one of the previous brand’s cars, the Glas 3000 V8, develop it as a BMW Glas product. Despite the fact that it was completely unchanged from the previous car, it wore a BMW emblem on the hood. So the BMW Glas 3000 V8 is technically a BMW. Even though it’s not. Kinda.
It is great looking though. But do BMW fans appreciate this car, even if it’s not a real BMW product? I think they should because look at it.
Okay, so it’s lacking the signature Kidney Grilles most BMWs have had since the brand’s inception. However, it’s just such a cool looking car that really evokes the style of the ’60s. On the inside, it has a mostly black cabin, with white inserts in the seats and grey fabric door panels. The thin, wooden three-spoke steering wheel looks ace, as well. I also, personally, love the gauges. There’s something about classic car gauges that really gets me.
Under the hood is a 3.0 liter V8, which is small for a V8 but might rev beautifully, with a three-barrel carb. It developed almost 160 hp and had a top speed of 122 mph. Glas had a prototype 3.2 liter engine with 175 hp but it never made production after the BMW takeover. That engine was mated to a four-speed manual gearbox.
This specific car only has about 55,000 miles on it, making it very fresh for a 1967 model. However, it is very expensive. At about $110,000, it’s certainly not cheap and there are very many excellent cars that can be had for that sort of money. So is this BMW Glas 3000 V8 cool enough to warrant the cash?
[Source: Classic Driver]