In the late 1940s and early 1950s, German businessman and amateur racing driver Walter Gluckler made his own few racing cars. It is said that this has affected the development of the Porsche 550. Visited Herb Weissard of California to discover the secrets of the third Porsche Special built by Gluckler.
Some people enjoy recreation when they retire, but unlike Herb Weissard, who lives in California. Despite being in his 80s, he is still busy in the real estate business, and enjoys driving several of his vintage Porsche.
When he was a child, he fell in love with cars and, after obtaining a driver's license, took over a variety of American cars [about five hot rods]. It was only a short while later that I became aware of the appeal of European cars. He was also fascinated by motorsport and owned a full-fledged racing team in the late 1970s and 1980s. Some Indy fans will remember the Weissard team name. Drivers included Derek Daily and Johnny Parsons, as well as Harley Haywood, who drove Porsche three times at Le Mans.
Now, after leaving the circuit, herbal attention is being directed to three classic Porsche that can be driven on public roads. Neither are ordinary cars. The first is a rare 1957 356A 1500 GS-GT Carrera sunroof model. He has been using it for many years now, and in 2007 he ran the French classic car rally, Tool Auto. The other is a prototype that can run on public roads. Manufactured by a small number of Australian craft crafts, this is an exact replica of the Porsche 917, which won its first victory at Le Mans. Herb often cruises the local freeway with his dedicated wife, Rose, at 917, and spends four hours on a round trip to the Concours de Legans in Palm Springs.
These two are great, but the purpose of this visit is another glorious sports car, the 1952 Gluckla Porsche. This silver roadster, purchased by Herb 10 years ago, is one of the most valuable in the history of Porsche more than most people think. It was produced by a German businessman, Walter Gluckler [1908-1988]. Gluckler made six Porsche Specials in 1948-54, all of which have been active in racing and have a history.
Gluckler began selling motorcycles and cars during the two world wars. The great success came in the late 1940s when Volkswagen started its agency in Frankfurt. In 1950, Gluckler took note of Porsche and soon opened a Porsche distributor. Otto Gluckler Sportswagen [Otto is Walter's father] is still open today and is locally known as Porsche Center Frankfurt.
Gluckler had a deep interest in racing cars even before starting Porsche distributors. It is a poor era shortly after the war. Gluckler, a brilliant businessman, took full advantage of his free ideas to build a racing car. The first "Special" was completed in 1948, using mechanical components from a commercial vehicle manufactured by Hanomark in Germany.
In 1950, he and his colleague Harman Ramereau made a second special this time using Porsche parts. The result was the Gluckla Porsche [G-P] 1100, a sports racing car with an aluminum body mounted on a tubular frame. The power unit is a 1086cc horizontally opposed 4-cylinder, producing 50bhp with normal gasoline fuel and 62bhp with alcohol fuel.
Gluckler and Ramelo created the second Porsche Special in 1951. This was the G-P 1500, which, as the name implies, had a 1500cc Porsche engine and output 85bhp. The car was sold that year to Max Hoffman in New York. Hoffman was known for importing European cars into the United States, and was famous for spreading the Mercedes 300SL and BMW 507, and especially the Porsche 356 Speedster, to the United States.
Gluckler made four more Porsche Specials. The third special is the main character of this time [details will be described later]. Next was the G-P 1100 Roadster in 1953, and the same year the G-P 1500 Super was born. This is also a roadster, equipped with a 1500 super engine and the output reached 100bhp.
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