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History Glas 3000 V8

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Glas 3000 V8
EngineV-eight cylinder
Volumetric displacement2982 cm³
Bore * stroke78 * 78 mm
Compression9,2 : 1
Engine control2*OHC (toothed belt)
Mixture preparation3 dual carburetors
Tank capacity80 litres
Torque23,5 Nm at 3400 - 4400 rpm
Power118 kW (160 HP)
Nominal rotation speed5100 rpm
Power drive designFront engine with rear-wheel drive
TransmissionFour-speed
Suspension (in front)Double wishbones
Suspension (rear)De-Dion axle, leaf springs, hydromatic vibration damper
Brakes f/rDiscs, (rear) inboard with drum (handbrake)
Tyres185 H 14 / 185 HR 14 (5,5")
Wheelbase2500 mm
Length4600 mm
Width1750 mm
Height1380 mm
DesignPietro Frura
WeightApprox. 1350 kg + driver
Maximum speedApprox. 200 km/h
PriceApprox. 24.000 DM
Construction period1966 - 1968
Battery12V 55Ah
Generator500 W

This car is an expression of the altitude flight of Hans Glas, who creates with the sale of small cars a prestigious car factory. The time of individual sole traders, who act with a high risk, seems to be over. The banks would rather trust a management team with a chairman. In the end, the entrepreneur Glas has taken a lot of money in hand, to build with the help of an Italian designer a German Maserati. Six cylinders are not enough, it must be 8, which has only Mercedes in Germany in the program, also therefore because this engine arises from two of its four cylinders. In 1965 it is introduced as 2.6-liter engine with 103 kW (140 HP) at the IAA in Frankfurt for an amazing price of 18,000 DM. Did he really earned money with this?

After the takeover by BMW, together with in the prospectus explicitly emphasized BMW-final checking as a 3000 it costs then significantly more. He is still Glas, although the BMW emblem glued front and back. It is doubtful whether the new company has used much from the design of the car for further projects. Too different are the engines for example by timing chain instead of timing belt. Also the De-Dion rear axle with 'Hydramat struts' nowhere occurs later in the BMW program. What rests is the stubbornness of an entrepreneur who has made undoubtedly great performance after the war, but apparently not can or will switch to orderly structures of the postwar era.

The body already earned respect, because it tries with success to obtain to the brand Glas and yet to spread exclusivity. Enough room for four people, a good overview and enough luggage space are in the new target class not always evident. From the design-engineering also the engine can not be criticized. It has not the bullish torque, one is used at the time though by a larger-displacement V8 U.S.. It is more on sports trimmed. The three twin carburetors stands it well, and its performances open the way to Germany's small absolute top class. Up to the from outside clearly visible, relatively small wheelbase and the leaf spring is the rear axle at least state of the art. Fortiori the self-reinforcing Boge shock absorbers. By the testers of this time the damping is described as something too moderate without fine tuning.


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