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Glockler 356
Race Car
Category Road Race/Hillclimb/Endurance
Constructor Glockler-Porsche
Chassis Porsche 356
Suspension (front)
Suspension (rear) Trailing Arm
Engine 1,488cc Porsche
Power 86hp
Transmission 4-speed Transaxle
Fuel Alcohol
Tyres {{{Tyres}}}
Notable entrants Walter Glockler, Max Hoffman, Johnny von Neuman
Notable drivers Helm Glockler, Max Hoffman, Johnny von Neuman, Desire Wilson
Debut 1952 Nurburgring
Races competed
Race victories 1952 Nurburgring
Constructors' Championships 1952 German Championship
Drivers' Championships
Pole positions
Fastest laps
Designer Body: C. W. Weidenhausen; Chassis: Hermann Ramelow

Walter Glockler was a Volkswagen (among other marques) dealer in Frankfurt, Germany. Being a racer himself, and knowing of Dr. Ferdinand Porsche's exploits with Auto Union and Cisitalia Grand Prix cars, he quickly saw the potential contained in Dr. Porsche's first post-war effort, the model 356. The Glockler-Porsches were 'specials' in that they were individually hand-built with each successive racecar integrating lessons learned from previous iterations. The first two Glockler-Porsches were designed by Hermann Ramelow, who using modified 356 underpinnings attached to custom-fabricated tube-frames of his own design. They all sported aluminum bodies designed and built by C. W. Weidenhausen. The first two were single-seaters with the engine and transaxle rotated 180 degrees so that the engine was mounted amidships. However, switching the engine location from the 356's rear-engined layout for better weight distribution also caused handling problems with the trailing arm (which initially became leading arm) suspension design. Because they could not fully solve the leading-arm suspension's handling problems (primarily, excessive toe-in under braking), they returned to the rear-engined chassis architecture for the third Glockler-Porsche (pictured). The first Glockler Specials were based on the early Porsche 356 small-bore architecture. Their 1,086 cc engine size allowed them to compete in the under 1,100 cc categories. These engines, running on gasoline, put out a modest 50 hp. Running on alcohol, the small-bore engine put out just over 60 hp. The second Glockler-Porsche was built using a 1,500 cc Porsche engine that, again on alcohol, put out over 80 hp. The third Glockler-Porsche also used a 1,488 cc Porsche engine, but due to modifications by the Porsche factory, it put out 86 h.p. The first two Glockler-Porsches weighed under 1,000 lbs. The third, because it was a two-seater, built on a standard 356 cabriolet floorpan, weighed just over 1,100 lbs. Dr. Porsche was impressed enough with quality of design, craftsmanship, and performance of the Glockler specials that he agreed to have them labeled as Porsches, and further, that he incorporated many of the mid-engined Glockler specials' design elements into his first production racecar, the Porsche 550. Most Porsche aficionados agree that it was Max Hoffman, who convinced Dr. Porsche to build the Porsche 356 Speedster: many also claim he did so because he was so impressed with Glockler-Porsche #3 which he bought from Swiss Porsche importer, Hans Stanek and imported to race in the U.S.

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PORSCHE

Volkswagen Group


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Recent/Current/Future:

911 · Boxster · Cayenne · Cayman · Panamera Gran Turismo · Roxster

Historic:

Prewar: 64 · 114 · Type 128 · Type 166 · Lohner-Porsche Mixte Hybrid

1940s-1950s: 356/1 · 356 · 360 · 550 Spyder · 718 RS / F2 / F1 · Type 597

1960s-1970s: 356 · 695 · 804 F1 · 904 · 906 · 907 · 908 · 909 · 910 · 911 · 912 · 914 · 918 · 924 · 928 · 930 · 934 · 935 · 936 · FLA

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2000s-2010s Carrera GT · GT3 Cup S

911 Generations:

901 · 964 · 993 · 996 · 997 · 998

911 Variants:

Turbo · Targa · GT2 · GT2 RS · GT3 · GT3 RS · GT3 R · Speedster

Special

928GTE · 928 Study H50

Racing

RS Spyder · Cayenne S Transsyberia · 917 · 962 · 911 GT3 RSR · 911 GT3 R Hybrid · 356 B Carrera GTL Abarth · 911 GT3 Cup

Concept Cars:

114 · 356/1 · 695 · 901 · 916 · 918 · FLA · 959 Prototype · 942 · 969 · Panamericana · 989 · Varrera · Boxster Concept · Carrera GT Concept · E2 · 918 Spyder Concept · Tapiro Concept


Ferdinand Porsche · Ferry Porsche · Butzi Porsche · Erwin Komenda · Ferdinand Piech · Porsche Design Group · PASM · Porsche Museum · Porsche Supercup


Ferdinand Porsche Corporate website A subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group



Complete Racing Results

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC
YYYY (Constructor) (Engine) (Tyre code)

Notes and references

See Also

Porsche 550 3.jpg
PORSCHE

Volkswagen Group


Volkswagen | Audi | SEAT | Škoda | Bentley | Bugatti | Lamborghini | Porsche


Recent/Current/Future:

911 · Boxster · Cayenne · Cayman · Panamera Gran Turismo · Roxster

Historic:

Prewar: 64 · 114 · Type 128 · Type 166 · Lohner-Porsche Mixte Hybrid

1940s-1950s: 356/1 · 356 · 360 · 550 Spyder · 718 RS / F2 / F1 · Type 597

1960s-1970s: 356 · 695 · 804 F1 · 904 · 906 · 907 · 908 · 909 · 910 · 911 · 912 · 914 · 918 · 924 · 928 · 930 · 934 · 935 · 936 · FLA

1980s-1990s: 911 · 942 · 944 · 953 · 956 · 959 · 89 P · 961 · 964 · 968 · WSC-95 Spyder · 987 · 989 · 911 GT1

2000s-2010s Carrera GT · GT3 Cup S

911 Generations:

901 · 964 · 993 · 996 · 997 · 998

911 Variants:

Turbo · Targa · GT2 · GT2 RS · GT3 · GT3 RS · GT3 R · Speedster

Special

928GTE · 928 Study H50

Racing

RS Spyder · Cayenne S Transsyberia · 917 · 962 · 911 GT3 RSR · 911 GT3 R Hybrid · 356 B Carrera GTL Abarth · 911 GT3 Cup

Concept Cars:

114 · 356/1 · 695 · 901 · 916 · 918 · FLA · 959 Prototype · 942 · 969 · Panamericana · 989 · Varrera · Boxster Concept · Carrera GT Concept · E2 · 918 Spyder Concept · Tapiro Concept


Ferdinand Porsche · Ferry Porsche · Butzi Porsche · Erwin Komenda · Ferdinand Piech · Porsche Design Group · PASM · Porsche Museum · Porsche Supercup


Ferdinand Porsche Corporate website A subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group



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