Boy back in the days they sure built some beautyful sports cars take the 190SL the Glas 1700 Gt Alfa Romeo Borgward and some other Brands and the lasted to enjoy today.
This 1966 Glas 1700 GT is likely one of the last built prior to the Dingolfing-based marque being acquired by BMW that same year. BMW would produce the car for another year as the BMW-Glas 1600GT, replacing its original and pioneering belt-driven OHC four with an M10 derivative and its solid, leaf-sprung rear axle with a semi-trailing arm setup. Bodywork was styled by Frua and built by Maggiora, and the large majority were coupes–around 6,600 total were built between 1964 and ’68, only ~360 of which were cabriolets like this example. Fortunately the car looks to be just as pretty as its more common fastback counterparts, and the seller says it’s been comprehensively restored by a Glas specialist. Condition looks quite nice throughout, and we gather from the German-language ad that the car remained with a single family from 1969 until recently. Find it here at Scuderia Sportiva Colonia in Cologne, Germany for 85k euros (~$95,200 USD today). Special thanks to BaT reader Kyle K. for this submission.
These 1700 GTs were the last models produced before BMW took the reins from Hans Glas in June of 1967-styling was penned by Carrozzeria Frua while Maggoria built the cars at their Borgo San Pietro factory in the foothills of the Italian Alps. With elegant lines, delicate brightwork and a profile that resembles Fiat’s Dino (in coupe form), it’s not at all immediately obvious this is a German car.
From the brightwork-trimmed hood scoop and detailed grille badge, GLAS emblems and turn signal repeaters on the front fenders, to the elegantly sloping belt line that ends abruptly at the Kamm tail, there are plenty of details to appreciate here. Two items worth noting–the grille pattern is a bit different than coupes we’ve seen, and steel wheels are missing their polished covers.
The SOHC inline four displaces 1682cc and breathes through a pair of Solex 40 RH carburetors while sending a factory rated 100 horsepower to the rear axle by way of a 5-speed manual transmission. With a curb weight of just over 1,800 pounds and an engine willing to rev, these GTs were known to be fairly quick and competent handlers as well, even prior to switching to BMW’s relatively sophisticated rear end.