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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. The overall body also resembles a mixture of the first generation Opel Rekord, Maserati Quattroporte, and as well as the Rover P6.

While commonly featuring a two tone paint scheme along with the roof being set to white as the secondary colour, the Glendale in GTA San Andreas has a colour variation that is totally red — the roof color can also be modified in via a Transfender mod shop.

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

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

The definition of an understated German sedan.
Arena War description.

The Glendale was reintroduced in the I'm Not a Hipster Update for Grand Theft Auto V. No longer an American vintage saloon, the Glendale is based on the Mercedes-Benz W114/W115 (most likely a W115, as the car has a diesel engine) with headlights from the larger W108 and a grille resembling that of the W113. The rear fascia and taillights are based on the BMW E3. Overall, the vehicle is comparable to the 3D Universe's Admiral (which is based on a W123).

The front end of the car denotes classic styling, featuring a chrome bumper and grille, the latter bearing the manufacturer badge. The outer edges have chrome panellings that house two yellow headlamps, together with smaller turn blinkers. Two rectangle vents can be seen on the bonnet, near the windscreen. On the sides, more chrome trimmings can be seen on the lower sides and wheel arches, as well as chrome lines on the doors, handles and square rear-view mirrors. The greenhouse area features more chrome details around the windows and over the rearmost pillars. The rear end is predominated by the chrome detail seen between the tail lamps, holding the license plate. A chrome bumper spans the width of the car and a manufacturer badge can be seen on the boot.

The primary colour of the car is applied on the body, while the secondary colour is applied on the roof and pillars. It uses a unique set of wheels, consisting of a large dish with multiple wires around, wrapped in high-profile tyres.

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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 and Grand Theft Auto Online

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.

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. Despite being a sedan, the Glendale has the typical engine sound of SUVs and pickup trucks such as the Granger and the Bodhi, suggesting it is of a diesel type.

Installing any "Trunk" modification will increase its traction slightly, in the same way as a spoiler.

GTA V/GTA Online Overview

Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.meta [?]
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 and Grand Theft Auto Online

Category Modification Cost (GTA V) Cost (GTA Online) Image
Upgrade: Arena WarA Apocalypse Bruiser N/A $1,609,000
Future Shock Bruiser N/A $1,609,000
Nightmare Bruiser N/A $1,609,000
Upgrade: Benny's Original Motor WorksB Glendale Custom N/A $520,000
Armor No Armor $100 $1,000
Armor Upgrade 20% $500 $7,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $1,250 $12,000
Armor Upgrade 60% $2,000 $20,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $3,500 $35,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $5,000 $50,000
Brakes Stock Brakes $100 $1,000
Street Brakes $2,000 $20,000
Sports Brakes $2,700 $27,000
Race Brakes $3,500 $35,000
Bumpers Stock Front Bumper $250 $2,200
Custom Bumper $500 $4,600
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $900 $9,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $1,250 $12,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $1,800 $18,000
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $3,350 $33,500
Exhausts Stock Exhaust $130 $260
Double Exhaust $375 $750
Dual Shotgun Exhaust $899 $1,800
Big Bore Exhaust $1,499 $3,000
Explosives Ignition Bomb N/A $5,000
Remote Bomb N/A $7,500
Hoods Stock Hood $150 $1,600
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
Horns Main article: Los Santos Customs/Horns - -
Lights Headlights Stock Lights $100 $600
Xenon Lights $300 $7,500
Neon Kits Main article: Los Santos Customs/Lights - -
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker N/A Too Hot
Full Coverage N/A Too Hot
Plates Blue on White 1 $50 $200
Blue on White 2 $50 $200
Blue on White 3 $50 $200
Yellow on Blue $75 $300
Yellow on Black $150 $600
Respray Main article: Los Santos Customs/Respray Colors - -
Roofs Stock Roof $100 $200
Roof Rack $350 $700
Day Trip Luggage $575 $1,150
Fully Loaded Luggage $800 $1,600
Sell Sell Vehicle N/A Too Hot
Skirts Stock Skirts $300 $2,500
Custom Skirts $415 $5,500
Suspension Stock Suspension $100 $200
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 Stock Transmission $100 $1,000
Street Transmission $2,950 $29,500
Sports Transmission $3,250 $32,500
Race Transmission $4,000 $40,000
Trunk Stock Trunk $150 $6,000
Secondary Color Trunk $275 $7,050
Pinstripe Trunk Primary $350 $10,000
Pinstripe Trunk Secondary $525 $13,000
Turbo None $500 $5,000
Turbo Tuning $2,500 $50,000
Wheels Main article: Los Santos Customs/Wheels - -
Windows None $100 $500
Light Smoke $200 $1,500
Dark Smoke $450 $3,500
Limo $700 $5,000
A Only available at the Arena Workshop (enhanced version).
B Only available at Benny's Original Motor Works (enhanced version).

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Glendale Custom

Grand Theft Auto Online
The Glendale Custom in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)

The Glendale Custom is a custom variant of the Glendale exclusive for Grand Theft Auto Online, which features highly-advanced modifications and hydraulics enabled, not present on the standard Glendale.

Bloodring Banger

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City & Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
The Glendale-based Bloodring Banger in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
(Rear quarter view)
The Glendale in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
(Rear quarter view)

The Bloodring Banger is a vehicle that has been adapted 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.


Grand Theft Auto Online
The Apocalypse Bruiser in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)
The Future Shock Bruiser in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)
The Nightmare Bruiser in Grand Theft Auto Online.
(Rear quarter view)

The Bruiser is a limousine variant of the Glendale mounted on a 6x6 truck chassis, complete with a reinforced bumper, large wheels and a cage on the back. It is only available in three different versions: Apocalypse, Future Shock and Nightmare.

Special Variants

  • There is a "beater" variant of the Glendale in GTA San Andreas (internally named "GLENSHIT"), which the car is physically damaged and cannot be fixed (except for punctured tires), and cannot be modified (except for the body color). The "beater" variant also has different wheels and slightly different interior compared to the normal Glendale.

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.
  • Varrios Los Aztecas


Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto V

Original version
Enhanced version

Grand Theft Auto Online



3D Universe

  • 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 often 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".
  • Big Smoke's Glendale is actually supposed to be colored malachite in-game, but it only appears in that color in cutscenes. The reason why it appears turquoise outside of cutscenes is because of a typo in the carcols.dat file; replacing the dot with a comma in col 77.93,96 will make the Glendale appear in its intended color in regular gameplay.

Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online

  • It is stated in Southern San Andreas Super Autos that the Glendale is a "drug dealer's car". This may reference the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas character Big Smoke, who owned a Glendale while also being a drug dealer and later, a drug baron.
  • 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-Benz W123 and Mercedes-Benz W114 models, with the Schafter being based upon the present-day E-Class, which in real-world, was the descendant of the two models.
  • Like many cars in the game, the Glendale lacks quarter rear windows.
  • 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.

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.