Glas 1004

Front view glass 1004 CL

The glass in 1004 was a car model of the lower middle class of Hans Glas GmbH in Dingolfing, the glass models 1204 and 1304 was followed by glass.


In 1960 in the glass test workshop, an engine with an unusual camshaft drive. The former BMW designer Leonhard Ischinger designed a series of four-cylinder overhead camshaft, which was driven by a then new timing belt. The 1.0 -liter engine developed 31 kW (42 hp) at an engine speed of 4800 rpm. In the following year a coupe body was on the extended 10 cm soil group of the glass Isar. The new car was introduced as the glass S 1004 in September 1961 at the IAA.

S 1004

In August 1962, the first production cars were delivered. The water-cooled 992 cc engine ( bore and stroke 72 x 61 mm) to 31 kW (42 PS) at 4800 rpm has been throttled to increase its reliability. The maximum torque was 7 kg-m (69 Nm) at 2500 rpm. Indicating attracts the engine was a vollsynchroniertes 4 -speed transmission, rendered from which a propeller shaft the power to the rear axle.

The S 1004 had a self-supporting all-steel body with a reinforced box-shaped longitudinal beam floor assembly. The wheels (tire size 5.20-13 ) were forward suspended from the lower lateral and upper trailing arms with coil springs and additional " rubber air - hollow springs " back to a rigid axle with longitudinally arranged three leaf springs and also additional " rubber air - hollow feathers". The hydraulically operated brake acted on drums on all four wheels ( brake drum diameter 230 mm, brake surface 488 cm ²), the parking brake mechanically by a cable to the rear wheels. The steering worked with snail and role and of unequal length tie rods.

The coupe with the loud advertising "convincing simple lines " first cost 5595.00 DM A convertible at a price of 6,200.00 DM was available as of January 1963. In the summer of 1963, the price rose to 5865.00 DM for the coupé and DM 6,500.00 for the Cabriolet. For now available disc brakes a surcharge of 195.00 DM was payable.

The press praised the 2 2- seater Coupé, the first production car in the world with toothed belt driven camshaft, but criticized the small delay of the standard drum brakes and a tendency to pitch oscillations during acceleration and braking due to the short wheelbase. Presented as a nuisance contemporary testers out the glass like the Isar " wrong " switching scheme and a stiff clutch.

1204 / S 1204

It soon turned out that the middle-class clientele expecting a car with four full-size seats. So we extended the two-door coupe sedan. In order not to leave the driving performance despite the higher weight fall off, the motor (73 mm) by a crankshaft with modified hub enlarged to 1189 cc. In January 1963 Glass presented the new sedan with 39 kW ( 53 hp ) and pushed the same coupe and convertible with the larger engine after.

1004 TS / TS 1204

From November 1963 stronger versions of both engines were offered. The 1.0 -liter engine was now 992 cc and made 63 hp ( 46 kW ); the 1.2 - liter engine, 51 kW (70 hp) at 5750 rpm; maximum torque: 9.5 kg-m (93 Nm) at 4200 rpm. Thus, the vehicles reached a top speed of 160 km / h, a value which is brought into the vicinity of Porsche and Alfa Romeo sports cars. The 1204 TS accelerated from a standstill to 100 km / h in 11.9 seconds. The determined in the test consumption was 10.9 liters per 100 km. The front disc Bremsenen were now standard, them " good deceleration values ​​at low pedal force " were rumored. By 1204 TS offered for glass 6.980,00 DM (May 1964) a sporty and well-equipped car as it was only in the price range of $ 10,000 and to have higher otherwise.

1964 achieved the glass 1204 TS motor sport successes. Among other things, he was with Gerhard Bodmer at the wheel of eight overall in the 86 cars started the 500 - km race at the Nurburgring and won the class for touring cars up to 1300 cc with an average speed of 112.2 km / h Equally successful were Bodmer / Schmidt at the 24 - hour race at Spa -Francorchamps; they reached here in eighth place in the overall standings ( section 143.791 km / h ) and finished the competition as a class winner before Lambrechts / Mombaerts ( also glass 1204 TS), the Twelfth were overall.

1304 TS

In March 1965, took over the 1290- cc engine with 55 kW ( 75 PS) from the glass in the GT sedan. In September, the engine output to 62.5 kW ( 85 hp ) was increased. Thus, the top model in the series was created, whose top speed 168 km / h, respectively.

1304 / S 1304

In September of the same year a restricted variant of the 1.3-liter engine appeared with only 44 kW (60 hp). In addition to the 1304 sedan, there was the S in 1304 as a coupe and as a convertible.


Also starting in September 1965 was offered throttled 992 cc engine of the Model TS 1004 as an entry level sedan with the 29 kW ( 40 hp).

1004 CL / CL 1304

In August 1966 two Station Wagons hatchback and a large tailgate, which were derived from the published sedans. This body style was - at least on the German market - not yet widespread, the series but not helped the desired results. Because of the short wheelbase in the interior was not much space, especially in the rear seats. The vehicles were equipped with the engines of the types 1004 ( 29 kW ) or 1304 (44 kW).

While the other variants were discontinued in December 1967 at the latest, customized to the CL models until April 1968, most recently BMW Director. A total of 38 507 vehicles were produced by the series 1004/1204/1304 in five and a half years.



  • Sedan and CL: length 3835 mm, width 1500 mm, height 1370 mm, wheelbase: 2100 mm
  • Coupe and Convertible: length 3835 mm, width 1500 mm, height 1355 mm, wheelbase 2100 mm


Production figures


  • Rosellen, Hanns -Peter: From Goggomobil V8 to the glass. Cyclamen - Verlag Frankfurt (1985).
  • News for glass automobile drivers. Special issue to the 40th IAA 1961, the publishing and printing Rudolf Thalhammer, Munich.
  • The car models 1963/64. United Engine publishers GmbH, Stuttgart; Issue No. 7/III/63.
  • A plastic part makes world-class career, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, September 20, 2011.