As the German sports car industry was entering a state of full swing in 1965, Glas followed its attractive, compact, and punchy 1300 GT with the more powerful Glas 1700 GT, which maintained nearly all of the aesthetic characteristics of its predecessor. The most notable departure design wise was the newer models ridgeline that ran along the hood. This came about solely as a result of engine size, but made the otherwise very similar Glas 1700 GT a unique vehicle unto itself. As for power differentials, the upgrade was certainly noteworthy and contributed to the Glas reputation for sharp, practical engineering.
Where the 1300 model of 1964 could reach speeds of 109 miles per hour 1290 cc engine, the Glas 1700 GT could gun its way to 115 miles per hour with a 1682 cc displacement. The 74 kW (100 horsepower) output of which it was capable soundly eclipsed the 1300s 55 kW, a difference that provided the machine with that notable lift in top speed. In other words, the larger engine dimensions (which led to that hood ridge) proved themselves a worthwhile addition of size and mass, as the 1700 offered its driver a bit more might than what the 1300itself a respectable machinecould yield. The Glas sports cars found a decent market in the United States during their 1960s heyday, and are still sought after by collectors and automotive aficionados to this day. Finding an original Glas in passable condition is far from easy, as they were not produced in large numbers.
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