A unique 1967 BMW-Glas 3000 V8 bodied as a fastback Coupé by Pietro Frua has been sold for €209,300 (£186,067) at Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais.
The one-off prototype remained in single ownership for over 20 years and was then acquired 5 years ago by a new owner who commissioned a full overhaul and mechanical restoration.
BMW’s acquisition of small German automaker Hans Glas in 1966, who were recognised for their part in agricultural machinery and most famously the Goggomobil, allowed the German marque to utilise the Glas production workforce.
The company then continued to manufacture the Glas 3000 V8, albeit under the guise of BMW-Glas. The design of the Glas 3000 V8 began its life as a ‘Marmite’ classic, but allowed coachbuilder Pietro Frua, who had designed a handful of other Glas models such as the GT Coupé and Cabriolet and the larger V8-engined 2600, often called “Glaserati” due to its link with Frua’s Maserati-designs, to widen his design horizons.
This is the only BMW-Glas 3000 V8 to be fitted with custom bodywork by Frua and was instantly recognisable by the iconic kidney-shaped grille. Ahead of its years, the new car’s coachwork was sleek, low-slung, and tenacious. Its design was similar to that of a Maserati Ghibli or an Iso Grifo, and clearly Frua had been influenced by Giorgetto Giugiaro in its lines.
The car ventured around various auto shows including Frankfurt and Paris in 1967, the Geneva Salon in 1968, and finally Barcelona in 1969. BMW presented the car in different colours to showcase its incredible design: light blue metallic in Paris and red in Barcelona. After Barcelona, it was sold to its first owner, a gentleman in Andalucía who retained the car for over 20 years, until his death. It was then purchased by an admiring employee of that owner.
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It received a complete recent mechanical restoration including new upholstery with paint colour changed back to silver. The mileage showing on the odometer is only 64,950, which is a reading that very well could be original.
As attractive as the BMW-Glas 3000 V8 by Frua was, it was decided that the model would not go into production so BMW could focus on the upcoming 3.0 CS, and this car was left as a one-off.
To this day BMW-Glas are extremely desirable and will most likely continue to rise in value.