These 1950s Racing Wheels Are Totally Sweet

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Never seen these before. Got it from the Porsche archives. The caption reads, "The US automobile importer Max Hoffman in a 'Glöckler-Porsche' (1951)."

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Back around '56-'57 several of my car friends and I drove the ex-Von Neumann Glocker around Twin Peaks in San Francisco.

Someone brought the car there, and we 19 year olds got to run this open pipe. 4 speed crash box ex-LeMans piece for awhile.

It had been a coupe which VN had cut down for U.S. short circuit racing, and at the time had rear fender skirts, and was painted chartreuse.

For young guys used to modest Brit entry-level sports cars, the Porsche was a gloriously visceral, loud ride.

If it wasn't the actual Hoffman unit, it was a very close "cousin" as several of these LeMans prepared Glockers made their way to SCCA racing.