24 Hours of Le Mans: 1923

 

The 1923 24 Hours of Le Mans, officially the 24 Hours Grand Prix of Endurance (French: Grand Prix d'Endurance de 24 Heures), was the inaugural Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 26 and 27 May 1923.

All cars had to be standard 4-seater production models, except those under 1100cc which could be 2-seaters where at least thirty cars had been built. The vehicle had to carry 60kg lead ballast for each passenger space aside from the driver. A maximum of two drivers were allowed (but not riding together), and they alone could replenish the fluids (petrol, oil and water), although there was no minimum distance between refills as in later years. The fuel was to be supplied by the ACO. Engines had to be turned off at pit-stops, and only re-started with an onboard starter.

All cars had to have standard touring equipment, such as mudguards, hood (if a convertible), running boards, headlights, a rear-view mirror and ‘warning devices’ (horn). None of the entered cars had windscreen wipers.

To encourage future entries and manufacturer commitment to the event, the sponsors, wheel supplier Rudge-Whitworth, put up a trophy for the manufacturer whose best-performed car had completed the furthest distance in 24 hours over three consecutive years. So, in effect, there was no prize for the individual race win.

Where we have not had a model of the car as raced through the business I've added another example of the car as an illustration (where I have one)

 

Car

No.

Team

Drivers

Chassis

Engine

Laps

1

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

128

2

IXO LM1923; Chenard Walcker; 1923 24h Le Mans 1st; Lagache & Leonard; RN9 (example)

10

Chenard-Walcker SA

Christian Dauvergne
Raoul Bachmann

Chenard-Walcker Type U3 15CV Sport

Chenard-Walcker 3.0L S4

124

3

Still Looking

23

Établissements Industriels
Jacques Bignan

Baron Raymond de Tornaco
Paul Gros

Bignan 11CV ‘Desmo’ Sport

Bignan 1979cc S4

120

4=

Still Looking

2

Automobiles Excelsior SA

Nicolas Caerels
André Dills

Excelsior Adex C

Excelsior 5.3L S6

112

4=

1924 Bentley 3 Litre (example)

8

Bentley Motors Limited

Capt John Duff
Frank Clement

Bentley 3 Litre Sport

Bentley 3.0L S4

112

4=

Still Looking

24

Établissements Industriels
Jacques Bignan

Philippe de Marne
Jean Martin

Bignan 11CV Sport

Bignan 1979cc S4

112

7

Still Looking

11

Chenard-Walcker SA

Raymond Glaszmann
Fernand Bachmann

Chenard-Walcker Type U2 15CV Sport

Chenard-Walcker 3.0L S4

110

8

Still Looking

7

Société Lorraine De Dietrich et Cie

André Rossignol
Gérard de Courcelles

Lorraine-Dietrich B3-6 Sport [15CV]

Lorraine-Dietrich 3.4L S6

108

9

Still Looking

1

Automobiles Excelsior SA

Gonzaque Lécureul
Flaud

Excelsior Adex C

Excelsior 5.3L S6

106

10

Still Looking

29

Automobiles Ettore Bugatti

Comte Max de Pourtalès
Vicomte Sosthene de la Rochefoucauld

Bugatti T22

Bugatti 1495cc S4

104

11

Still Looking

17

Société des Automobiles Brasier

Eugène Verpault
Migeot

Brasier TB4 [12CV]

Brasier 2.1L S4

99

12=

Still Looking

16

Automobiles Delage SA

Paul Torchy
Belbeu

Delage DE 2 Litre Sport

Delage 2.1L S4

98

12=

Still Looking

34

Société des Moteurs Salmson

Lucien Desvaux
Georges Casse

Salmson VAL-3

Salmson1086cc S4

98

14

Still Looking

19

Établissements Charles Montier et Cie

Charles Montier
Albert Ouriou

Ford-Montier

Ford 2008cc S4

97

15=

Still Looking

21

Automobiles Georges Irat

Jean Dourianou
M. Cappé

Georges Irat Type 4A Sport

Georges Irat 1995cc S4

93

15=

Still Looking

33

Société des Moteurs Salmson

Luis Ramon Bueno
Maurice Benoist

Salmson VAL-3

Salmson1086cc S4

93

17

Still Looking

14 /
(26*)

Etablissements Automobiles
Rolland et Pilain SA

Gaston Delalande
Jean de Marguenat

Rolland-Pilain B22 Sport

Rolland-Pilain 2.3L S4

92

18

Still Looking

35

Société Nouvelle de l'Automobile Amilcar

Maurice Boutmy
Jérôme Marcandanti

Amilcar CV

Amilcar 1004cc S4

89

19=

Still Looking

5

Société Lorraine De Dietrich et Cie

Robert Bloch
Stalter

Lorraine-Dietrich B3-6 Sport [15CV]

Lorraine-Dietrich 3.4L S6

88

19=

Still Looking

12

Automobiles Marius Berliet SA

Édouard Probst
Redon

Berliet VH 12CV

Berliet 2.6L S4

88

21

Still Looking

15 /
(25*)

Etablissements Automobiles
Rolland et Pilain SA

Georges Guignard
Louis Sire

Rolland-Pilain R Berline

Rolland-Pilain 2.2L S4

84

22

Still Looking

28

Automobiles Ettore Bugatti

Louis Pichard
René Marie

Bugatti T22

Bugatti 1495cc S4

82

23=

Still Looking

25 /
(15*)

Etablissements Automobiles
Rolland et Pilain SA

Jean Pouzet
Edmond Pichon

Rolland-Pilain RP23 Berline

Rolland-Pilain 1924cc S4

80

23=

Still Looking

26 /
(14*)

Etablissements Automobiles
Rolland et Pilain SA

Jules Robin
Gérard Marinier

Rolland-Pilain RP23 Sport

Rolland-Pilain 1924cc S4

80

23=

Still Looking

30

Societe Française des Automobiles Corre

Louis Balart
Charles Drouin

Corre La Licorne V14 8CV

SCAP 1393cc S4

80

26

Still Looking

27

Société des Anciens
Ateliers Vinot-Deguingand

Léon Molon
Lucien Molon

Vinot-Deguingand BP 10CV

Vinot-Deguingand 1847cc S4

77

27

Still Looking

18

Société des Automobiles Brasier

Léopold Jouguet
Maillon

Brasier TB4 [12CV]

Brasier 2.1L S4

76

28

Still Looking

20

Societe Française des Automobiles Corre

Albert Colomb
Waldemar Lestienne

Corre La Licorne B7 12CV

Ballot 2001cc S4

74

29

Still Looking

22

Automobiles Georges Irat

Pierre Malleveau
Milhaud

Georges Irat Type 4A Sport

Georges Irat 1995cc S4

73

30

Still Looking

32

SSociété des Automobiles
à Refroidissements par Air

Lucien Erb
Robert Battagliola

SARA ATS [7CV]

SARA 1098cc S4

57

DNF Still Looking

6

Société Lorraine De Dietrich et Cie

Henri Stoffel
Rene Labouchère

Lorraine-Dietrich B3-6 Sport [15CV]

Lorraine-Dietrich 3.4L S6

50

DNF Still Looking

13

Automobiles Marius Berliet SA

Roland Jacquot
Georges Ribail

Berliet VH 12CV

Berliet 2.6L S4

44

DNF Still Looking

31

Société des Automobiles
à Refroidissements par Air

François Piazzoli
André Marandet

SARA ATS [7CV]

SARA 1098cc S4

14

 

 


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