This 1960s BMW is unbelievably rare

And with no kidney grille

In the mid 1960s, BMW purchased Hans Glas GmbH, a small car manufacturer based in Germany, and decided to celebrate the acquisition by producing a limited edition sportscar called the BMW-Glas 3000 V8, one of only 7 BMW models ever made without the signature kidney grille.

As the name suggests, the 3000 V8 is powered by a V8 engine that's actually marginally smaller than the '3000' designation would imply because the engine 'only' displaces 2,892 cc. The power is sent to the rear wheels courtesy of a 4-speed manual, and the motor is equipped with dual overhead cams, Glas-branded valve covers and an electronic ignition system.

The car you see here, in mint condition, is painted red and fitted with front and rear fog lamps in yellow (vintagey!), 14-inch steel wheels with chrome hubcaps and a Talbot fender mirror. Inside, you'll find two-tone upholstery with black vinyl and beige corduroy. Fantastic.

The vehicle was originally purchased in Germany and it was then imported to the US after sitting in a museum for quite some time. It's done 51,727 miles and it was listed on Bring a Trailer but it hasn't been sold yet because the $63,000 high bid wasn't enough to meet the reserve, which probably means it's going to put up for auction again in the near future.

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Comments (24)

  • I'm not convinced. To me, that doesn't look like a BMW. But then years ago, Beamer's design language was very different back then so... 'Beauty lies in the eyes of beholder' - that's what I can say at the end

      1 month ago
    • it's not pretty, but it's very charming

        1 month ago
    • Glas was an independent manufacturer and all BMW did was make small changes to the existing cars they produced. So technically speaking, it's not BMW's design at all.

        1 month ago
  • The front end is questionable but the gauges are superb

      1 month ago
  • The poor thing was driven at great speed into a wall and then repaired with whatever miscellaneous parts BMW found in their scrap heap. A face only a mother could love.

      1 month ago
  • Interesting. Without a BMW badge, you’d never know it was a BMW.

      1 month ago
  • It's not distinctly a BMW product—but from a design standpoint, it does look like it could fetch at least $100k nowadays at an auction. It isn't the best looking, in my opinion the 3200 CS from before and the E9 which came later look better, but it seems like this BMW-Glas partnership resulted in a powerful engine! Nice article.

      1 month ago
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