1952 Glöckler-Porsche Roadster

I will argue that the Glöckler-Porsches were early flickers, puffs of smoke in the weeds, and the tinder didn’t really catch fire until the 550 came along


Walter Glöckler occupies an honored place among Porsche owners. Not only was he one of the first to race a Porsche, he was also one of the first owners to take a standard Porsche and make substantial changes to it in order to make it more competitive. The mid-engined Glöckler-Porsche specials he built were the inspiration for Porsche’s mid-engined 550 sports racers. Walter Glöckler was a successful Frankfurt auto dealer who obtained one of the first Volkswagen dealerships after the war and rode VW’s success to prosperity. The Glöckler shop was run by Hermann Ramelow.

The 1952 Roadster offered here, the third Glöckler-Porsche, adopted the standard Porsche rear-engined layout, with the rear suspension in its “proper” trailing arm configuration. Based on a standard Porsche cabriolet floorpan, Ramelow undertook the now-standard lightening modifications, removing everything that was non-essential and drilling out much of what was left. A 1,488-cc Porsche engine, again tuned with high compression to run on alcohol, made 86 hp. Weidenhausen created the body from aluminum, with a nose that bore close resemblance to the 356 Porsche, but which had semi-skirted rear wheels and cutaway rear corners similar to Glöckler-Porsches #1 and #2. The standard two-seat interior layout of the cabriolet was retained, and lightweight bucket seats were fabricated and installed. Still, its standard Porsche floorpan and two-seat interior brought a weight consequence despite Ramelow’s massive lightening efforts, and Glöckler-Porsche #3 weighed some 1,133 pounds.

Thor Thorson

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Thor grew up in northern Iowa. His father bought a red Jag XK 150 in the late 1950s, and that was all it took; he has been in love with sports cars , racing cars and the associated adrenaline rush ever since. He has vintage raced for more than 20 years, the bulk of them spent behind the wheel of a blue Elva 7. When he’s not racing, he is president of Vintage Racing Motors Inc., a collector-car dealer and vintage-racing support company based in Redmond, WA. His knowledge runs the full spectrum of vintage racing, and he has put that expertise to good use for SCM since 2003.

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