German Car Day Preview: 1965 Glas 1300 GT

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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]

 

 

8 Comments

  1. Whose coachbuilder name is that on the yellow car, on the front fender? I can't make out the name.

  2. Ah, Glas, a company that was too good to survive. The goggomobil is probably still more beloved than any other common german microcar, and the GT cars are hot collector's items. The Glaserati was a great car too, though building it amounted to a fiscal overreach that left Glas vulnerable to takeover by BMW, just as NSU spent too much on the wonderful RO80 and got eaten up by VW. Both Glas and NSU made cheap, beautifully produced cars that handled well and had character coming out their ears, something that German cars lost when these companies went away. Kind of like the US auto industry after Studebaker-Packard and American Motors died off.

    1. Glas saw the dwindling microcar market and tried to move up, in synch with the growing prosperity. BMW did basically the same after the war (Isetta, 600/700, 1500), and faced similar trouble like Glas: they, too, had an overpriced, loss-per-unit upper class model (501), that would have been a total desaster if they hadn't been able to sell those as police cars to Bavaria. The leftover desaster had BMW nearly sold to Mercedes-Benz in 1959.. only a couple of years later (1966?) they bought Glas, who didn't have a Quandt family (yet).
      Funny though that your nick is along Facel Vega, a company that didn't survive its move /downmarket/ 🙂

  3. If I wasn't all the way down here in Texas, that would make for a great Father's Day outing.

  4. I have a Glas 1300 GT for sale. Includes both motors. The 1290cc and the 1682cc. with 2 extra hoods. all original. One owner.
    $30,000.00 USD or best offer. You will pay for and arrange shipping.
    Thank You
    J Paul Sherburne
    Mission Viejo, California, United States of America
    Fell free to email me at stonewerkz@rocketmail.com

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