You know what a carmaker I bet you don’t think about enough? Glas. Just look at that crisp, clean, airy sedan up there. That’s a 1967 Glas 1700, and I find it terribly handsome. Usually, when most people think of Glas, they think of Goggomobil, the line of small, adorable cars the company made to serve the needs of postwar Europe.
And don’t get me wrong: I think Goggomobils are goggomogreat, but I love that this same company also made some striking four-door large sedans and even GT cars. They’re kind of like Iso that way, making the Isetta and the Rivolta and Grifo, or even BMW, licensing the Isetta and making the 507 at the same time.
Oh and hey, since you brought up BMW, now’s as good a time as any to remind you that BMW ended up buying Glas, which led to strange BMW-badged Glas cars like the BMW 1600 GT, which was basically a re-badged (and slightly engine-embiggened) Glas 1300 GT, complete with little mouse kidney-sized kidney grilles:
At some point I should cover Glas in more detail, because I think they’re cool. Until then, just enjoy this appetizer.