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Glas Reviews

Hans Glas Isaria Maschinenfabrik was formed in 1883 as a maker of agricultural machinery. In 1951 it branched  into car manufacture with a 246cc motor scooter. A range of microcars followed, but it wasn't until 1957 that the first proper car – the 1004 – arrived wearing the Glas nameplate.

The range rapidly grew and ended up being topped off by the wonderful 2.6-litre V8 coupé. Unfortunately the company hit financial troubles in 1965, and BMW bought-out the operation, continuing production of the 1700 in South Africa as one of its own cars. The old Glas factory in Dingolfing, Germany, continues today building BMWs.

Good: Small and economical
Bad: German economy saloon was completely outclassed by the Mini
Good: Wonderful elegant left field coupe choice, clever modular V8 engine, ample performance, a proper long distance tourer
Bad: Consumed by BMW, so never reached its true potential