The August issue of Glass’s Guide will be the final print edition after 83 years of continuous publication interrupted only by the Second World War. After the publication of the 925th issue all Glass’s subscribers will access their car valuation information digitally through the Glass’s Guide App, a switchover process that has been underway since 2014.
Rupert Pontin, director of valuations, said: “This is a momentous occasion. The image of the car dealer leafing through their Glass’s Guide at a motor auction or on the forecourt is very much etched into the public consciousness.
“However, the truth is that the vast majority of our subscribers have been accessing our information through smartphones, tablets and PCs for some time. They do this for very good reasons – the Guide App contains four times the number of car valuations, alongside easy mileage adjustment and registration lookup.
“Just a handful of subscribers were still taking the printed guide. We continued publishing it long after the point at which it was economic to do so but have finally taken the decision to stop.”
He added that he believed that William Glass, the original publisher of the Guide born in Scotland in 1881, would have approved of the App.
“William was very much a forward thinker and a notable inventor who created the portable hydraulic jack, the electric switch-off kettle, the self-filling fountain pen and the through-the-propeller machine gun firing mechanism. I’m sure he would have been fascinated by our digital world.”