Ultra-Rare BMW-Glas V8 Is A Forgotten Piece Of History

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One of the few BMWs to never wear a pair of kidney grilles could be yours.

BMW has been around for over a century, and in that time has produced some of the world's most beloved classic cars, such as the E30 M3 and legendary mid-engined M1. Its modern-day offerings such as the BMW M5 CS keep blowing minds, and the company is also forging ahead with a range of electric vehicles, but there are some models that slip through the cracks and are often completely forgotten: enter the 1968 BMW-Glas 3000 V8, a distant forefather to the BMW 6 Series and modern-day 8 Series. This car is currently listed on Bring a Trailer and has people asking whether or not it actually is a real BMW. These ultra-rare Bimmers were built between 1967 and 1968, and only 389 of them were ever built, but without kidney grilles, most would never know.

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These stunning two-door coupes came to life after BMW's acquisition of Hans Glas GmbH in the mid-sixties, and this example is said to have spent most of its time in a German museum, after which it was imported to the US by its previous owner. The BMW-Glas V8 made its debut at the 1965 Frankfurt Motor Show and sported a slinky design by Italian designer Pietro Frua. This example features a red paint job and two-tone corduroy seats. The exterior boasts fender-mounted mirrors and rear fog lamps, along with a dual-exit exhaust system and 14-inch wheels with chrome hubcaps and 185-width Michelin XVS tires. Behind the wheels sit four-wheel disk brakes and a de Dion tube axle at the rear. Under the hood, you'll find a 3.0-liter V8 with a triple-barrel downdraft carburetor and Glas-branded valve covers mated to a four-speed manual transmission.

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The interior of this German exotic features Black vinyl and corduroy seats with black carpeting underfoot. Interior features include a heater, a beautiful wood-rim steering wheel, a 230 km/h speedometer, and a Becker Grand Prix tri-band radio. Gauges for the oil and water temperature, as well as oil pressure and fuel levels, are all neatly placed behind the steering wheel and the odometer shows 83,000 kilometers (51,574 miles). The current bid stands at a reasonable $39,000, and the auction ends on Monday, 15 February.

Forget about a new M2, get in this Glas.

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