The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471

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1967 BMW-Glas 3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Frua Chassis no. V-1471

Sold for € 209,300 (US$ 227,613) inc. premium
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows
1967 BMW-Glas 3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype
Coachwork by Carrozzeria Frua

Chassis no. V-1471
•One-off prototype by Pietro Frua
•Presented in its Paris Motor Show livery of Silver-Blue metallic
•Matching engine
•Long-term private ownership
•Offered by a BMW collector


Footnotes

  • The car offered here is the only BMW-Glas 3000 V8 bodied as a fastback coupé by Carrozzeria Frua. Unlike the tall and somewhat ill-proportioned Glas models, this new car featured low-slung coachwork that was both sleek and aggressive. It was displayed at various European motor shows, including Frankfurt and Paris in 1967, the Geneva Salon in 1968, and Barcelona in 1969, appearing in a different colour for the last occasion.

    Founded as an agricultural machinery business in 1883 and best known for producing the successful Goggomobil micro-car, Hans Glas's small company had ambitious expansion plans that saw it launch a pretty GT coupé in 1963. Styled by Pietro Frua, the newcomer featured unitary construction, double-wishbone independent front suspension and front disc brakes, and was available in 1,300 (85bhp) and 1,700cc (100bhp) variants, both with four-cylinder engines. Production volume never reached an economic level however, and in 1966 the struggling Dingolfing firm was acquired by BMW, which was primarily interested in expanding its own production facilities.
    Glas's financial difficulties had in part resulted from the introduction of an upmarket 2.6-litre V8-engined coupé. The 2600 V8 was launched in September 1965 at the Frankfurt Motor Show and immediately gained the nickname 'Glaserati' on account of its resemblance to contemporary Maseratis. Under BMW control Glas continued to produce its coupés - badged as BMW-Glas - for one more year, the largest model now with a 3-litre 160bhp V8 under the bonnet.

    Well received though it was, Frua's beautiful proposal for a BMW-Glas V8 replacement fastback coupé doomed to remain a one-off, new owners BMW preferring to go down the luxury coupé route with their own 3.0 CS. After Barcelona, where it had appeared in red, this prototype was sold to its first owner in Andalucia, Spain. According to the detailed history record of the car by Frua historian Stefan Dierkes, the first owner kept the car for over 20 years until his death, whereupon it was purchased from his estate by one of his employees.

    While with the previous owner the one-off Frua underwent a mechanical restoration, which was completed circa five years ago. At the same time, the interior was reupholstered, and the exterior colour changed to the current stunning silver-blue metallic in which the car had appeared at the Paris Motor Show in 1967. The current vendor, a BMW collector, acquired the Frua prototype in 2016 (invoice on file) to add to his collection of important BMWs, since when it has benefited from further mechanical work. This unique piece of BMW history is ready to be driven or displayed.

    Voiture des salons de Francfort, Paris, Genève et Barcelone
    BMW-Glas 3000 V8 coupé fastback prototype 1967
    Carrosserie Frua
    Châssis n° V-1471

    •Prototype unique de Pietro Frua
    •Présentée dans sa livrée gris-bleu métallisée du salon de Paris
    •Numéro de moteur concordant
    •Aux mains du même propriétaire pendant de longues années
    •Vendue par un collectionneur de BMW

    La voiture proposée ici est la seule BMW-Glas 3000 V8 carrossée en coupé fastback par la carrozzeria Frua. Contrairement aux modèles Glas, hauts et moins bien proportionnés, ce modèle-ci arbore une carrosserie basse, à la fois agressive et élégante. Il a été exposé dans différents salons européens, dont ceux de Francfort et Paris en 1967, de Genève en 1968 et de Barcelone en 1969.

    Fondé en tant qu'entreprise de machines agricoles en 1883 et plus connu pour avoir construit la populaire micro-car Goggomobil, la petite société d'Hans Glas avait d'ambitieux projets d'expansion qui le virent dévoiler une jolie GT coupé en 1963. Dessinée par Pietro Frua, cette dernière était de construction monocoque avec suspension indépendante triangulée et freins à disque à l'avant, et était proposée en versions 1 300 cm3 (85 ch) et 1 700 cm3 (100 ch), toutes deux à moteur quatre cylindres. Les volumes de production n'atteignirent jamais le niveau de rentabilité et en 1966 la petite firme de Dingolfing à l'agonie fut acquise par BMW, qui était surtout intéressé par l'agrandissement de ses capacités de production.

    Les difficultés financières de Glas étaient en partie dues à la présentation d'un coupé haut de gamme à moteur V8 2,6 litres. La 2600 V8 avait été lancée en septembre 1965 au salon de Francfort et avait immédiatement reçu le surnom de « Glaserati » en raison de sa ressemblance avec les Maserati contemporaines. Sous le contrôle de BMW, Glas continua de produire ses coupés - rebaptisés BMW-Glas – pendant une année, son plus gros modèle étant désormais doté d'un V8 3 litres de 160 ch sous le capot.
    Malgré un bon accueil, le joli coupé fastback de Frua resta un modèle unique, BMW, le nouveau propriétaire, préférant sa propre 3.0 CS comme coupé de grand tourisme.

    Après Barcelone, où elle était apparue en rouge, la voiture fut vendue à son premier propriétaire en Andalousie, en Espagne. Selon le rapport détaillé fourni par l'historien Frua, Stefan Dierkes, il garda le prototype pendant plus de 20 ans jusqu'à sa mort, lorsqu'il fut acheté dans sa succession par un de ses employés.
    Aux mains du précédent propriétaire, la voiture a subi une restauration mécanique, achevée il y a environ cinq ans. Simultanément, l'intérieur a été regarni et la couleur extérieure changée pour son éblouissante livrée gris-bleu métallisée dans laquelle la voiture a été exposée au salon de Paris en 1967.

    Le vendeur, collectionneur de BMW, a acquis le prototype Frua en 2016 (facture au dossier) pour compléter son importante collection de BMW, date depuis laquelle il a subi de nouveaux travaux mécaniques. Cette pièce unique de l'histoire de BMW est prête à démarrer ou à être exposée.
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The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
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The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
The Frankfurt, Paris, Geneva and Barcelona Motor Shows,1967 BMW-Glas  3000 V8 Fastback Coupé Prototype  Chassis no. V-1471
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