Photographer's Note

Hans Glas GmbH of Dingolfing/Bavaria was a manufacturer of agricultural machines who went into car production in post-war Germany when people demanded mobile roofs over their heads instead of motorbikes. They were successful as their constructions were not produced by the hundreds, but by the hundred thousands.

To the left: Goggomobil limousine, 214.000 of them were built 1955-1969. Powers of 13,6, 15 or 18,5 HP gave a maximum speed of 80, 85 or 95 km/h. The car pretended to be a four-seater for four adults, which I doubt as interior length was a poor 1,60 m from the pedals to the backrest of the rear seats! I was once invited for a ride and had to fold my legs so that my knees were literally below my chin while sitting on the front passenger's seat - I'm 1,90 m tall!

In the middle: two-seater Goggomobil TS Coupé, with 66.000 built 1957-1969 and two emergency seats behind driver and passenger. In this case I could stretch out my legs in full length as with the motor in the rear, there was no more obstacle between front plate and passenger. What a luxury!

To the right: Glas Isar from 1958, "the big Goggo" with 30 HP and rather unsuccessful due to production flaws.

The curious name "Goggo" is said to have been the nickname of one of Hans Glas' grandsons. Hans Glas GmbH from 1962 on managed to produce respectable middle and lower middle class limousines and was taken over by BMW in 1966, gradually closing production of Glas cars. The last produced Glas was a Goggo.

Auto- und Uhrenwelt, Schramberg, Black Forest.

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