HISTORY & DESCRIPTION:
Glastron was founded in Austin, Texas by Bob Hammond, Bill Gaston, Bob Shoop, and Guy Woodard on October 14, 1956. The marketing and sales experience of Bill Gaston, Bob Shoop, and Guy Woodward combined with Bob Hammond’s fibre-glass design and production experience led the company in its rapid expansion and development. The company’s production increased from an initial 24 units in year one to 4,000 units in year three and saw the expanding company outgrow three different production facilities during its first four years in business.
Glastron had risen to number one in its industry by 1966 and also became a public traded company in the 1960s. In addition to its sales success, Glastron achieved success in the boat racing sport after the creation of a factory racing program. They manufactured the Batboat for the 1966 Batman movie, which later was used in the TV series. In 1984, Glastron moved its manufacturing operations to New Braunfels, Texas and in 1987 the company was acquired by Genmar Industries and eventually relocated to Little Falls, Minnesota in the 1990s. In 2006 Glastron held a 50th Anniversary celebration that saw the gathering of nearly 500 people. Glastron continues to manufacture boats to the present day. Glastron is well known for its hull design innovations, including the Aqualift and “SSV” hull configurations, the latter of which is still in use today.
Glastron’s “Glastonbury” boats were featured in the James Bond film Live And Let Die the boat chase filmed in Louisiana. Twenty-six boats were built by Glastron for the film, of which seventeen were destroyed during rehearsals. The speedboat jump scene over the bayou, filmed with the assistance of a specially-constructed ramp, unintentionally set a world record at the time with 110 feet (34 m) cleared.
This example, built in 1973 was professionally restored by Tate & Crew Marine Ltd. Sovereign Harbour, Eastborne to above factory standards. The keel-up total re-build was completed in 2011 and cost in excess of the current guide price. Awlgrip paints were used throughout, new upholstery, refurbished original fittings and new 75hp Evirude E-TEC engine and new De Graaff SB 700/2 ADJ road trailer.
An extremely rare American 1970s Sports Boat made by the highly respected Glastron Company. The GT 150 model made famous in 1973 when featured in a James Bond film with Roger Moore as 007. Restored to an extremely high specification, dry stored since and only lightly used in the UK. A great collectors item although still a practical, usable and enjoyable boat to own.
GUIDE: Sold – May 2021
LYING: Central London
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