If you want to see some rare German cars this summer, and don’t want to spend the money to actually travel to Germany, you have some options. And one of the best options in the month of June is Larz Anderson Auto Museum’s German Car Day, which will take place on the grounds of the museum on June 16, aka the day after Citroen Rendezvous.
Every year the Larz Anderson Auto Museum holds more than two dozen lawn events on its beautiful grounds, and German Car Day is one of its top three best attended events. And every year you’re bound to see rare cars like this, a 1965 Glas 1300 GT Coupe. Let’s take a closer look at this stylish machine.
BMW may have hit a home run with its neue klasse cars in the 1960s, but its easy to forget the rest of the lineup, which included a charming little coupe with crisp styling and a peppy engine. But before BMW took over this small manufacturer, Glas sold the GT under its own name and with its own engine.
Designed by Frua, the Glas 1300 GT was built at Dingolfing Germany by Hans Glas GmbH. First shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1963, the GT turned heads with its attractive Italian styling and roomy interior. The bodies themselves were made in Italy by a subcontractor of Frua’s, the Moncalieri-based Maggiora coachbuilders. The 1300 was the base version, with its 1,290cc four-cylinder engine, and was offered through 1965 until the release of the 1700 GT. I believe it is only the subsequent 1600 GT that was officially sold in the US, starting in 1965, which would make this example a private import. A little over 5,300 examples of the Glas GT were made between 1964 and 1967, with 363 of them being cabriolets.
This particular Glas 1300 GT is owned by Christopher and Alexander Wider, and has appeared at Larz Anderson’s German Car day on several occasions, often alongside a silver BMW 1600 GT, which made for a neat comparison.
This year’s German Car Day will take place on Sunday, June 16th, at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum located in Brookline, Massachusetts. The museum is just a few minutes outside of Boston.
Browse the full gallery from last year below:
[Images: Copyright 2013 Hooniverse/Jay Ramey]