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24 Hours of Le Mans: 1939

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The 1939 24 Hours of Le Mans (French: 24 Heures du Mans 1939) was the 16th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place at Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France, on 17 and 18 June 1939. The 1939 programme cover depicted the raising of six nations' flags: France, Italy, Great Britain (its civil Red Ensign), Belgium, Germany, and the United States.

By June 1939, the outbreak of World War II was less than three months away. The following year's 24 Hours of Le Mans was originally planned for June 1940, but due to the invasion of France in May the race was called off. Endurance racing would not return to Le Mans until 1949, four years after V-E day ended World War II in Europe.

I've only been able to source two cars from this race, the 4th placed Lagonda and the class-winning HRG.

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)

Pos

Car

No.

Team

Drivers

Chassis

Engine

Laps

1

1936 Bugatti Type 57G Tank (example)

1

 Jean-Pierre Wimille

 Jean-Pierre Wimille
 Pierre Veyron

Bugatti Type 57C Tank

Bugatti 3.3L Supercharged I8

249

2

Delage D6-70 Coupe Figoni Le Mans (example)

21

 Ecurie Walter Watney

 Louis Gérard
 Georges Monneret

Delage D6-3L

Delage 3.0L I6

245

3

Lagonda V12

5

 Lagonda Ltd.

 Arthur Dobson
 Charles Brackenbury

Lagonda V12

Lagonda 4.5L V12

239

4

Lagonda V12 (example)

6

 Lord Selsdon

 Lord Selsdon
 Lord William Waleran

Lagonda V12

Lagonda 4.5L V12

239

5

BMW 328 Coupe (example)

26

 BMW

 Max zu Schaumburg-Lippe
 Fritz Hans Wenscher

BMW 328 Touring Coupe

BMW 2.0L I6

236

6

Delahaye 135M Figoni-Falaschi (example)

12

 Louis Villeneuve

 Louis Villeneuve
 René Biolay

Delahaye 135CS

Delahaye 3.6L I6

235

7

BMW 328 Sports (example)

27

 BMW

 Ralph Röese
 Paul Heinemann

BMW 328

BMW 2.0L I6

230

8

Delahaye 135M Figoni-Falaschi (example)

20

 Count Heyden

 R.R.C. Rob Walker
 Ian Connell

Delahaye 135CS

Delahaye 3.6L I6

224

9

BMW 328 Sports (example)

28

 BMW

 Willi Breim
 Rudolf Scholtz

BMW 328

BMW 2.0L I6

220

10

Simca 8 Sport Cabrio (example)

39

 Gordini

 Amédée Gordini
 José Scaron

Simca Huit

Fiat 1.1L I4

213

11

Delahaye 135M Figoni-Falaschi (example)

14

 Joseph Chotard

 Joseph Chotard
 Jacques Seylair

Delahaye 135CS

Delahaye 3.6L I6

202

12

Aston Martin 2 Litre (example)

29

 Robert Peverell Hichens

 Robert P. Hichens
 Mortimer Morris-Goodall

Aston Martin Speed Model

Aston Martin 2.0L I4

199

13

Simca 8 Sport Cabrio (example)

41

 Gordini

 Guy Lapchin
 Charles Plantivaux

Simca Huit

Fiat 1.1L I4

195

14

HRG 1500 Sports

32

 Ecurie Lapin Blanc

 Peter Clark
 Marcus Chambers

HRG 1500

Singer 1.5L I4

192

15

Still Looking

37

 Mrs. Majorie Fawcett

 Geoffrey White
 C.M. Anthony

Morgan 4/4

Coventry Climax 1.1L I4

184

16

Riley TT Sprite (example)

34

 Just-Emile Vernet

 Just-Emile Vernet
 Carl de Bodard

Riley Sprite TT Pourtout

Riley 1.5L I4

180

17

Simca 8 Sport Cabrio (example)

38

 Victor Camerano

 Victor Camerano
 Henri Louveau

Simca Huit

Fiat 1.1L I4

163

18

Singer Nine Le Mans (example)

45

 Arthur W. Jones

 Arthur W. Jones
 Gordon Wilkins

Singer Le Mans Replica

Singer 1.0L I4

154

19

1936 Simca 5 (example)

48

 Gordini

 Adrien Alin
 Albert Alin

Simca Cinq

Fiat 0.6L I4

148

20

1936 Simca 5 (example)

49

 Gordini

 Maurice Aimé
 Albert Leduc

Simca Cinq

Fiat 0.6L I4

147

DNF

Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 (example)

25

 Raymond Sommer

 Raymond Sommer
 Prince Bira

Alfa Romeo 6C 2500SS

Alfa Romeo 2.4L I6

173

DNF

Delahaye 135M Figoni-Falaschi (example)

18

 Ecuria Francia

 Marcel Contet
 Robert Brunet

Delahaye 135CS

Delahaye 3.6L I6

171

DNF

Aston Martin MkII 1.5 Litre (example)

31

 Victor Polledry

 Victor Polledry
 R. Robert

Aston Martin 1½ Ulster

Aston Martin 1.5L I4

155

DNF

Talbot Lago T26 (example)

3

 Luigi Chinetti

 Luigi Chinetti
 Donald Mathieson

Talbot T26

Talbot 4.5L I6

154

DNF

Delage D6-70 Coupe Figoni Le Mans (example)

22

 Ecurie Walter Watney

 Armand Hug
 Roger Loyer

Delage D6-3L

Delage 3.0L I6

152

DNF

Delahaye 135M Figoni-Falaschi (example)

15

 Robert Mazaud

 Robert Mazaud
 Marcel Mongin

Delahaye 135CS

Delahaye 3.6L I6

115

DNF

Singer Nine Le Mans (example)

44

 Archie Scott Brown

 Archie Scott Brown
 Tommy Wisdom

Singer Nine Le Mans Replica

Singer 1.0L I4

105

DNF

Talbot Lago T150SS Figoni Falaschi (example)

9

 Luigi Chinetti

 René Le Begue
 Pierre Levegh

Talbot-Lago SS

Talbot 4.0L I6

102

DNF

Delahaye 135M Figoni-Falaschi (example)

19

 Ecurie Francia

 Eugène Chaboud
 Yves Giraud-Cabantous

Delahaye 135CS

Delahaye 3.6L I6

99

DNF

Talbot Lago T150SS Figoni Falaschi (example)

8

 T.A.S.O. Mathieson

 Philippe de Massa
 Norbert Jean Mahé

Talbot 150SS Figoni

Talbot 4.0L I6

88

DNF

Still Looking

7

 Luigi Chinetti

 André Morel
 Jim Bradley

Talbot T26

Talbot 4.5L I6

88

DNF

Talbot Lago T150SS Figoni Falaschi (example)

10

 Jean Trémoulet

 Jean Trémoulet
 Raoul Forestier

Talbot-Lago SS

Talbot 4.0L i6

68

DNF

Still Looking

36

 Miles Collier

 Miles Collier
 Lewis Welch

MG PA Midget

MG 0.8L I4

63

DNF

Delahaye 135M Figoni-Falaschi (example)

16

 Ecurie Francia

 Joseph Paul
 Jean Trévoux

Delahaye 135CS

Delahaye 3.6L I6

62

DNF

Delahaye 135M Figoni-Falaschi (example)

11

 André Bellecroix

 André Bellecroix
 Gaston Serraud

Delahaye 135CS

Delahaye 3.6L I6

50

DNF

Simca 8 Sport Cabrio (example)

43

 Just-Emile Vernet

 Robert Cayeux
 Gaston Tramar

Simca Huit

Fiat 1.1L I4

50

DNF

Talbot Lago T26 (example)

4

 Luigi Chinetti

 Pierre Louis-Dreyfus
 Antoine Schumann

Talbot T26

Talbot 4.5L I6

45

DNF

Still Looking

47

 Claude Bonneau

 Claude Bonneau
 Max Mathieu

MG PB Midget

MG 1.0L I4

40

DNF

Simca 8 Sport Cabrio (example)

40

 Gordini

 Jean Breillet
 Albert Debille

Simca Huit

Fiat 1.1L I4

29

DNF

Simca 8 Sport Cabrio (example)

42

 Mme Anne-Cécile Rose-Itier

 Anne-Cécile Rose-Itier
 Suzanne Largeot

Simca Huit

Fiat 1.1L I4

26

DNF

Still Looking

30

 Adler

 Otto Löhr
 Paul von Guilleaume

Adler Trumpf

Adler 1.5L I4

6

DNF

Singer Nine Le Mans (example)

46

 Jacques Savoye

 Jacques Savoye
 Pierre Savoye

Singer Nine Le Mans Replica
"Savoye Special"

Singer 1.0L I4

4

DNS

Still Looking  

 Adler

 Fritz Huschke von Hanstein
 Karkmann

Adler Trumpf

Adler 1.5L I4

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