"What's known in the trade as a 'drug dealers car'. 1990s luxury German four door sedan turned 2010s roving depot for stepped-on cocaine. Expect to get stopped by the cops and stuck up by junkies."
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The Glendale is a vintage four-door sedan featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, Grand Theft Auto V, and Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the "I'm Not a Hipster" Update. It is manufactured by Benefactor in the HD Universe.


3D Universe

Designed as a 1950s/1960s sedan, the Glendale appears to be the result of joining two halves of two different real-life cars; the front resembles a 1955 Buick Special, with the headlights and roof from a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, while the back and sides resemble a 1961 Dodge Polara. While commonly featuring a two tone paint scheme (the roof being white), a Glendale in GTA San Andreas has a color variation that is totally red though. The roof color can also be modified in GTA San Andreas via Transfender.

Along with the Broadway, Hustler, Savanna, Tornado, and the Voodoo, the Glendale in GTA San Andreas doesn't appear to have fuel caps but will explode if shot on the back license plate, perhaps indicating that the car's fuel cap is behind the license plate like some cars in real-life.

Grand Theft Auto V

The Glendale was reintroduced in the I'm Not a Hipster Update for GTA V. No longer an American vintage sedan, the new Glendale is now based on the Mercedes-Benz W123 (most likely the 300D, as the car has a diesel engine) with front fascia cues from the older W114 and a very similar design of the rear and the taillights like the full-size Mercedes-Benz W108/109. With these design cues, it is probably the bulkier cousin of the GTA III-era's Admiral, which is based on the smaller Mercedes-Benz 190 series. It also takes design cues, mostly at the rear fascia and taillight cluster, from the BMW E3 3.0Si/Bavaria.

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3D Universe

In terms of performance, the car is only average, with an average top speed, mediocre acceleration, moderate endurance and average cornering. However, the Glendale seems to be quite durable, especially in comparison to newer cars. The vehicle's power-to-weight ratio may be a contributing factor to its below-average acceleration, as the car is heavy but possesses a weak engine, and as a result, is also a poor hill climber.

3D Universe Overview

Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 99 / 160 5 Petrol RWD 1600 / 3527
N/A N/A 5 N/A RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

The Glendale is powered by the same engine fitted to the Regina and Tornado, being a single-overhead camshaft V8 fitted with a cylindrical air filter. The Glendale is a heavy car; the weight plus a soft suspension and the somewhat weak engine means the car understeers through corners despite heavy throttle work, often resulting in spin-outs due to its terrible handling unless its ride height has been lowered in order to counter this. Poor weight distribution and body roll may result in the vehicle losing control easily, especially at high speeds, so lowering its suspension makes up for stability. The car's acceleration is above average for the majority of the sedan class, but is still mediocre to other car classes in general, even with upgrades. Despite these shortcomings, the Glendale has a good top speed. Durability is average for most sedans, as the car can only take a few head-on collisions before its engine fails. 

GTA V Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
N/A 91 / 147 5 N/A RWD 1600 / 3527 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
16.5 Seconds 95 / 152 5 FR SOHC V8 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Car Color 2 (64 different colors) $ 150
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
Wheels Access $ 1140
Ahab $ 1000
Atomic $ 770
Grove $ 1230
Import $ 820
Mega $ 1030
Off Road Wheel $ 1000
Twist $ 1200
Virtual $ 620
Wires $ 1560
Car Stereo Bass Boost $ 100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500

Grand Theft Auto V

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Category Modification Price (Story Mode) Price (Online)
Armor Armor Upgrade 20% $500
Armor Upgrade 40% $1,250
Armor Upgrade 60% $2,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $3,500
Armor Upgrade 100% $5,000
Brakes Street Brakes $2,000
Sports Brakes $2,700
Race Brakes $3,500
Bumpers Custom Bumper $500 $
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $900
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $1,250
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $1,800
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $3,350
Exhaust Double Exhaust $375 $750
Dual Shotgun Exhaust $899 $1,800
Big Bore Exhaust $1,499 $3,000
Hood Secondary Color Hood $325 $3,000
Classic Hood Primary $750 $5,000
Classic Hood Secondary $875 $8,000
Pinstripe Hood Primary $1,000 $9,600
Pinstripe Hood Secondary $1,200 $11,000
Lights Xenon Lights $300 $
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Respray - -
Roof Roof Rack $350 $700
Day Trip Luggage $575 $1,150
Fully Loaded Luggage $800 $1,600
Skirts Custom Skirts $415 $5,500
Suspension Lowered Suspension $500 $1,000
Street Suspension $1,000 $2,000
Sport Suspension $1,700 $3,400
Competition Suspension $2,200 $4,400
Race Suspension $2,300 $4,600
Transmission Street Transmission $2,950
Sports Transmission $3,250
Race Transmission $4,000
Trunk Secondary Color Trunk $275 $7,050
Pinstripe Trunk Primary $350 $10,000
Pinstripe Trunk Secondary $525 $13,000
Turbo Turbo Tuning $2,500 $
Wheels - -
Windows Light Smoke $200 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $3,500
Limo $700 $5,000

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"Beater" Glendale

The "Beater" Glendale (internally named the "GLENSHIT") is a GTA San Andreas variation of the Glendale in which the car is damaged, cannot be fixed (you can fix the tires if you shoot them out and you still can change the color), and cannot be modified. The "beater" variant has also different wheels and slightly different interior compared to normal Glendale. They have been seen spawning in several places in San Andreas, especially between the two horseshoe shaped rocks in Back o' Beyond and is also said to be a "ghost car".

Bloodring Banger

Main article: Bloodring Banger

The vehicle featured in GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas adapts the Glendale into a demolition derby car outfitted with various modifications for such competitions, such as metal bars on the exterior, for protection, and a much more capable engine. While the Glendale is one of two models the Bloodring Banger is based on in GTA Vice City (alongside the Oceanic), only the Glendale-based Bloodring Banger remains in GTA San Andreas.

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • Jury Fury - After the cutscene ends, a worker will be run over by a Glendale, allowing the player to collect his hammer to smash the cars.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Nine and AK's - Big Smoke owns a light turquoise Glendale used in this mission to drive to Emmet's place and in his other missions too.
  • OG Loc - CJ, Sweet and Smoke go to the LS Police Department to catch OG Loc, who was released from prison. After, CJ and OG Loc meet Freddy, Sweet and Smoke drive off in the Glendale.
  • Running Dog - CJ and Smoke drive to East Los Santos in the Glendale to meet with his "cousin Mary".
  • Wrong Side of the Tracks - The first Glendale is that owned by Smoke that you use to go to the destination like all Smoke's missions, in this case, Unity Station. The second is on a railroad crossing and is destroyed by a direct hit of the target train.
  • Just Business - CJ and Smoke drive to the Atrium with Big Smoke's Glendale.
  • Los Desperados - Two Glendales (red and canary yellow) are used as shields in the mission by Cesar and CJ's gangs against the Vagos, one of which can be destroyed in the mission. The canary yellow Glendale has full immunity and can be obtained by lifting the car with a Tow Truck and saving it after failing the mission.

Notable Owners

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Big Smoke owns a light blue Glendale with a white roof, which is purchased following the destruction of his Black Perennial in the first mission, "Big Smoke". Also driven by CJ in a few missions, and can be kept at the end of certain missions.
  • Varios Los Aztecas gang member.


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto Online



3D Universe

  • The Glendale plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • Big Smoke's Glendale plays the radio station Bounce FM instead of Radio Los Santos when entered, possibly due to Smoke's own taste in music, or it was intentionally done to make the car unique.
  • The Beater Glendale is nicknamed the Ghost Car, due to the spawn point of several Glendales on the slope of a hill in Back'o'Beyond. The Beaters roll down the hill as soon as the player gets within spawning distance of them, making it appear as if they were driving by themselves.
  • There is a glitch on some PS2 versions of the game where the beater Glendale that 'rolls' down the hill spawns incorrectly, right through a tree. If this occurs, the driving wheels can be witnessed spinning on the ground silently, while the car remains stuck. This is what caused most people to spark the theory of the "Ghost Car".

Grand Theft Auto V

  • In GTA V, it is stated that the Glendale is a "drug dealer's car". This may reference a GTA San Andreas character named Big Smoke who owned a Glendale while also being a drug dealer and later, a drug baron.
  • In GTA V, the Glendale is likely the predecessor of the 2nd-gen Schafter. This is supported by the fact that the glendale is based upon the Mercedes W123 and W114 models, with the Schafter being based upon the present-day E-Class, which in real-world, was the descendant of the two models.
  • Despite being a sedan, the Glendale has the typical engine sound of SUVs and pickup trucks, this is because it has a Diesel engine, despite most SUVs with this engine sound being powered by a gasoline engine, its engine noise is shared with the Granger, DubstaSadler, Bison and the Bodhi.
  • Like many cars in the game, the Glendale lacks quarter rear windows, making them physically impossible to roll down.
  • There is a glitch in the enhanced version, where when a turbo is installed, in first person, the engine temperature gauge functions like a boost gauge, in real life, this may be considered the effect of a grounding issue.
  • When a turbo is installed, it makes a unique fluttering sound instead of a whistle, this is also found on the Pigalle and Warrener.

See Also

  • Vulcar Warrener - A vintage four-door sedan released in the same update.
  • RUNE Cheburek - A classic, low-end four-door sedan with a similar boxy design.