24 Hours of Le Mans: The Winners

The 24 Hours of le Mans

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world's oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, held annually since 1923 near the town of Le Mans. It is considered one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world and has been called the "Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency". Unlike fixed-distance races whose winner is determined by minimum time, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is won by the car that covers the greatest distance in 24 hours. Racing teams must balance the demands of speed with the cars' ability to run for 24 hours without mechanical failure.

The race is held on the Circuit de la Sarthe, which is composed of closed public roads and dedicated sections of racing track.

Launched when Grand Prix motor racing was the dominant form of motorsport throughout Europe, Le Mans was designed to present a different test. Instead of focusing on the ability of a car company to build the fastest machines, the 24 Hours of Le Mans would concentrate on the ability of manufacturers to build sporty yet reliable cars. This encouraged innovation in producing reliable and fuel-efficient vehicles, because endurance racing requires cars that last and spend as little time in the pits as possible.

At the same time, the layout of the track necessitated cars with better aerodynamics and stability at high speeds. While this was shared with Grand Prix racing, few tracks in Europe had straights of a length comparable to the Mulsanne. Additionally, because the road is public and thus not as meticulously maintained as permanent racing circuits, racing puts more strain on the parts, increasing the importance of reliability.

The race is held in June, leading at times to very hot conditions for drivers, particularly in closed vehicles with poor ventilation; rain is commonly seen. The race begins in mid-afternoon and finishes the following day at the same hour the race started the previous day.

Thanks to Wikipedia for the introduction above.

How it works: Below you will see pictures of models of the winning cars from those years where Little Wheels has managed to find an example.

The picture of the car and the year next to it are links to another page for that year's race. For each year there is a list of all the cars taking part in the race and a picture of a model where I have been able to source one and an example in most cases where I don't have the car as raced. Each of those pictures drills down again to more pictures of the car and where I have had versions made by more than one maker you will find links to all the versions I have had. There are thousands of models to look at.

This project is work in progress and at the time of writing there are still a number of years still to add.


Year Car No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
1923 IXO LM1923; Chenard Walcker; 1923 24h Le Mans 1st; Lagache & Leonard; RN9 9

Chenard-Walcker SA

André Lagache
René Léonard

Chenard-Walcker Type U3 15CV Sport

Chenard-Walcker 3.0L S4

1924 1924 Bentley 3 Litre 8

Bentley Motors Limited

John Duff
Frank Clement

Bentley 3 Litre Sport

Bentley 3.0L S4

1925 Lorraine-Dietrich B3-6 5

Societe Lorraine De Dietrich et Cie

André Rossignol
Gérard de Courcelles

Lorraine-Dietrich B3-6 Sport

Lorraine-Dietrich 3.5L S6

1926 Lorraine Dietrich B3-6 6 (2nd)

Société Lorraine De Dietrich et Cie

André Rossignol
Robert Bloch

Lorraine-Dietrich B3-6 Le Mans

Lorraine-Dietrich 3.4L S6

1927 Bentley 3 Litre 3

Bentley Motors Limited

Dudley Benjafield
Sammy Davis

Bentley 3 Litre Speed

Bentley 3.0 S4

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre 4

Bentley Motors Limited

Woolf Barnato
Bernard Rubin

Bentley 4½ Litre

Bentley 4.4L S4

1929 Bentley Speed Six 1

Bentley Motors Limited

Woolf Barnato
Sir Henry “Tim” Birkin

Bentley Speed Six

Bentley 6.6L S6

1930 Bentley Speed Six 4

Bentley Motors Limited

Woolf Barnato
Glen Kidston

Bentley Speed Six

Bentley 6.6L S6

1931 1931 Alfa Romeo 8c 16

Earl Howe
(private entrant)

Francis Curzon, Earl Howe
Sir Henry Birkin

Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 LM

Alfa Romeo 2.3L S8

1932 1931 Alfa Romeo 8c 8

R. Sommer
(private entrant)

Raymond Sommer
Luigi Chinetti

Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 MM

Alfa Romeo 2.34L S8

1933 1931 Alfa Romeo 8c 11

R. Sommer
(private entrant)

Raymond Sommer
Tazio Nuvolari

Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 MM-LM

Alfa Romeo 2.34L S8

1934 Riley Ulster Imp 37


Riley Motor Company Ltd.

Sammy Newsome
Percy Maclure

Riley Nine Ulster Imp

Riley 1.1L I4

1935 Lagonda Rapide 4

Arthur W. Fox & Charles Nicholl

Johnny Hindmarsh
Luis Fontés

Lagonda M45R Rapide

Meadows 4.5L I6

1936 Cancelled due to industrial action            
1937 1936 Bugatti Type 57G Tank 2

Roger Labric 

Jean-Pierre Wimille
Robert Benoist

Bugatti Type 57G Tank

Bugatti 3.3L I8

1938 Delahaye 135S


 Eugène Chaboud / Jean Trémoulet

 Eugène Chaboud
 Jean Trémoulet

Delahaye 135CS

Delahaye 3.6L I6


1939 Lagonda V12 5

 Lagonda Ltd.

Arthur Dobson
Charles Brackenbury

Lagonda V12

Lagonda 4.5L V12

  The race was suspended from 1940 to 1948 because of the Second World War and it's aftermath, recommencing in 1949            
1949 1948 Ferrari 166 MM 22

Peter Mitchell-Thomson, Lord Selsdon
(private entrant)

Luigi Chinetti
Peter Mitchell-Thomson, Lord Selsdon

Ferrari 166 MM

Ferrari 2.0L V12

1950 1950 Talbot Lago T26 GS 5

Louis Rosier

Louis Rosier
Jean-Louis Rosier

Talbot-Lago T26 GS Biplace

Talbot-Lago 4.5L S6

1951 Jaguar C Type 20

Jaguar Cars Ltd

Peter Walker
Peter Whitehead

Jaguar XK-120C

Jaguar 3.4L S6

1952 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 21

Daimler-Benz A.G.

Hermann Lang
Fritz Riess

Mercedes-Benz W194

Mercedes-Benz 3.0L S6

1953 1951 Jaguar C Type 18

.Jaguar Cars Ltd

Tony Rolt
Duncan Hamilton

Jaguar C-Type

Jaguar 3.4L S6

1954 Jaguar D Type 4

Scuderia Ferrari

José Froilán González
Maurice Trintignant

Ferrari 375 Plus

Ferrari 5.0L V12

1955 Jaguar D Type 6

 Jaguar Cars Ltd.

 Mike Hawthorn
 Ivor Bueb

Jaguar D-Type

Jaguar 3.4L S6

1956 Jaguar D Type


 Ecurie Ecosse

 Ninian Sanderson
 Ron Flockhart

Jaguar D-Type

Jaguar 3.4L S6


1957 Jaguar D Type 3

 Ecurie Ecosse

 Ron Flockhart
 Ivor Bueb

Jaguar D-Type

Jaguar 3.4L S6


1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa


 Scuderia Ferrari

 Olivier Gendebien
 Phil Hill

Ferrari 250 TR/58

Ferrari 3.0L V12


1959 Aston Martin DBR1


 David Brown Racing Dept

 Roy Salvadori
 Carroll Shelby

Aston Martin DBR1/300

Aston Martin 3.0L S6


1960 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa


 Scuderia Ferrari 

 Olivier Gendebien
 Paul Frère

Ferrari 250 TR59/60 

Ferrari 3.0L V12 


1961 Ferrari 250 TR61 10  SEFAC Ferrari  Olivier Gendebien
 Phil Hill
 Ferrari 250 TRI/61  Ferrari 3.0L V12


1962 Ferrari 330 TRI 6  SEFAC Ferrari  Olivier Gendebien
 Phil Hill
Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Ferrari 4.0L V12


1963 Ferrari 250P 21  SpA Ferrari SEFAC  Ludovico Scarfiotti
 Lorenzo Bandini
Ferrari 250 P Ferrari 3.0L V12


1964 Ferrari 275P 20  SpA Ferrari SEFAC  Nino Vaccarella
 Jean Guichet
Ferrari 275 P Ferrari 3.3L V12


1965 Ferrari 250 Le Mans 21  North American Racing Team  Masten Gregory
 Jochen Rindt
Ferrari 250 LM Ferrari 3.3L V12


1966 Ford GT40 2  Shelby American  Bruce McLaren
 Chris Amon
Ford GT40 Mk.II Ford 7.0L V8


1967 Ford GT40 MkIV 1  Ford Motor Company
 Shelby-American Inc.
 Dan Gurney
 A. J. Foyt
Ford Mk IV Ford 7.0L V8


1968 Ford GT40 9  JW Automotive Engineering  Pedro Rodriguez
 Lucien Bianchi
Ford GT40 Ford 4.9L V8 331
1969 Ford GT40 6  JW Automotive Engineering  Jacky Ickx
 Jackie Oliver
Ford GT40 Ford 4.9L V8 372
1970 Porsche 917K 23  Porsche Konstruktionen -
 Hans Herrmann
 Richard Attwood
Porsche 917K Porsche 4.5L F12 343
1971 Porsche 917K 22  Martini International
Racing Team
 Gijs van Lennep
 Dr. Helmut Marko
Porsche 917K Porsche 4.9L F12 397
1972 Matra MS670 15  Equipe Matra-Simca Shell  Henri Pescarolo
 Graham Hill
Matra-Simca MS670 Matra 3.0L V12 344
1973 Matra-Simca MS670B 11  Equipe Matra-Simca Shell  Henri Pescarolo
 Gérard Larrousse
Matra-Simca MS670B Matra 3.0L V12 355
1974 Matra-Simca MS670B 7  Équipe Gitanes  Henri Pescarolo
 Gérard Larrousse
Matra-Simca MS670C Matra 3.0L V12 338
1975 Gulf Mirage GR8 11  Gulf Research Racing  Jacky Ickx
 Derek Bell
Gulf-Mirage GR8 Cosworth DFV 3.0L V8 337
1976 Porsche 936 20  Martini Racing Porsche System  Jacky Ickx
 Gijs van Lennep
Porsche 936 Porsche 2.1L F6 turbo 349
1977 Porsche 936 4  Martini Racing Porsche System  Jürgen Barth
 Hurley Haywood
 Jacky Ickx
Porsche 936-77 Porsche 911/78 2.1L F6 twin-turbo 342
1978 Renault Alpine A442B 2  Renault Sport  Didier Pironi
 Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
Renault Alpine A442B Renault 2.0L V6 twin-turbo 369
1979 Porsche 935 41  Porsche Kremer Racing  Klaus Ludwig
 Don Whittington
 Bill Whittington
Porsche 935-K3 Porsche 930/79 3.0L F6
1980 Rondeau M379B 16  Jean Rondeau  Jean Rondeau
 Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
Rondeau M379B Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8 339
1981 Porsche 936 11  Porsche System  Jacky Ickx
 Derek Bell
Porsche 936/81 Porsche 935/82 2.6L F6turbo 355
1982 Porsche 956 Long Tail 1  Porsche System  Jacky Ickx
 Derek Bell
Porsche 956 Porsche 935/76 2.6L F6
twin turbo
1983 Porsche 956 3  Rothmans Porsche  Vern Schuppan
 Hurley Haywood
 Al Holbert
Porsche 956 Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6 370
1984 Porsche 956B 7  New-Man Joest Racing  Henri Pescarolo
 Klaus Ludwig
Porsche 956B Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6 360
1985 Porsche 956B 7  New-Man Joest Racing  Klaus Ludwig
 Paolo Barilla
 "John Winter" (Louis Krages)
Porsche 956B Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6 374
1986 Porsche 962C 1  Rothmans Porsche  Derek Bell
 Hans-Joachim Stuck
 Al Holbert
Porsche 962C Porsche Type-935 2.6L Turbo Flat-6 368
1987 Porsche 962C 17  Rothmans Porsche  Hans-Joachim Stuck
 Derek Bell
 Al Holbert
Porsche 962C Porsche Type-935 3.0L Turbo Flat-6 355
1988 Jaguar XJR-9 2  Silk Cut Jaguar
 Tom Walkinshaw Racing
 Jan Lammers
 Johnny Dumfries
 Andy Wallace
Jaguar XJR-9LM Jaguar 7.0L V12 394
1989 Sauber C9 63  Team Sauber Mercedes  Jochen Mass
 Manuel Reuter
 Stanley Dickens
Sauber C9 Mercedes-Benz M119 5.0L Turbo V8 389


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