Beginning it’s operations in 1951 as a scooter maker, founder Hans Glas branched out to producing cars after four years. The firm’s first car was a successful microcar car called Goggomobil. This brand had such a stupendous success, that Hans Glas decided to produce a more powerful and luxury car.
In 1966, Glas introduced a luxury coupe car offering two engine options i.e. 2.6 litre and 3.0 litre. This car was designed by Italian design house Pietro Frua (who also designed the Maserati Mistral), had a 4-speed manual transmission having a power output of 150 hp and could travel at a speed of 200 km/hr.
The manner in which Hans Glas went about to build this car was also first in Germany. The headlamps iwere from a bus manufacturer, door-locking mechanism was from Porsche, window opening knobs were from Mercedes-Benz SL. Working in close cooperation with shock absorber specialist, Boge, the Glas 2600 V8 was also the first German car having automatic self-levelling suspension. Since every car was practically hand-built, each car's body panel was different than the other with no question of any interchangeability.
In 1968 when BMW was scouting for a new production facility to ramp up their BMW 1500 sedan, they looked at Hans Glas GmbH. The company was sold to BMW in 1968 and BMW renamed this model as BMW-Glas 3000 V8.
Nearly 400 cars were produced and this scale model is a rendition of the car having the 2.6 litre engine.