24 Hours of Le Mans: 1952

 

The 1952 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 20th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 14–15 June 1952 at Circuit de la Sarthe.

After 22 years away, Mercedes-Benz returned in triumph, scoring a 1–2 victory with their new gull-wing Mercedes-Benz W194 which was equipped with a 3.0L S6 engine that had less power than the road car sold two years later. Aston Martin, with their DB3, joined Ferrari, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Cunningham in the top-level sports prototype game, setting the stage for the rivalries that provided so much drama during the rest of the decade.

This race was notable in that Pierre Levegh (Pierre Bouillin) attempted to drive the entire 24 Hours by himself – and almost won. Exhausted in the 24th hour, he missed a downshift in his Talbot-Lago and over-revved the engine, breaking a connecting rod. Antonio Lago carried a piece of the broken rod with him for several years thereafter as a keepsake.

This year the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) decreed that mudguards now had to be integral with the bodywork, unlike the pre-war style of cycle-type mudguards. This meant cars had proper sports-car bodies and were not just modified grand prix cars. After ongoing issues with the fuel used in the race, the ACO's ‘ternary’ fuel was made up of 75% petrol, 15% alcohol and 10% benzole. The minimum replenishment period for fuel, water and oil was extended from 25 laps to 28.

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

Class

No

Team

Drivers

Chassis

Engine

Laps

1

Mercedes-Benz 300SL

21

 Daimler-Benz A.G.

 Hermann Lang
 Fritz Riess

Mercedes-Benz W194

Mercedes-Benz 3.0L S6

277

2

Mercedes-Benz 300SL

20

 Daimler-Benz A.G.

 Theo Helfrich
 Helmut Niedermayr

Mercedes-Benz W194

Mercedes-Benz 3.0L S6

276

3

Nash Healey E (example)

10

 Donald Healey Motor Co.

 Leslie Johnson
 Tommy Wisdom

Nash-Healey 4 Litre

Nash 4.1L S6

262

4

Cunningham C2R (example)

1

 Briggs Cunningham

 Briggs Cunningham
 William "Bill" Spear

Cunningham C4-R

Chrysler 5.4L V8

252

5

Ferrari 340 America Vignale Berlinetta (example)

14

 Luigi Chinetti

 André Simon
 Lucien Vincent

Ferrari 340 America (Vignale)

Ferrari 4.1L V12

250

6

Lancia Aurelia B20 (example)

39

 Scuderia Lancia

 Luigi "Gino" Valenzano
 "Ippocampo" (Umberto Castiglioni)

Lancia Aurelia B.20 GT

Lancia 1991cc V6

248

7

Aston Martin DB2

32

 P.C.T. Clark
(private entrant)

 Peter Clark
 Mike Keen

Aston Martin DB2

Aston Martin 2.6L S6

248

8

Lancia Aurelia B20

40

 Scuderia Lancia

 Felice Bonetto
 Enrico Anselmi

Lancia Aurelia B.20 GT

Lancia 1991cc V6

247

9

Talbot T26 SS (example)

6

 A. Chambas
(private entrant)

 André Chambas
 André Morel

Talbot-Lago T26 SS Spyder

Talbot-Lago 4.5L S6
supercharged

235

10

Frazer Nash MM (example)

42

 Mrs P. Trevelyan
(private entrant)

 Rodney 'Roy' Peacock
 Gerry Ruddock

Frazer Nash Le Mans Mk.II

Bristol 1970cc S6

225

11

Porsche 356 (example)

50

 Porsche KG

 Auguste Veuillet
 Edmond Mouche

Porsche 356 SL

Porsche 1086cc F4

220

12

Still Looking

52

 Automobiles Panhard et Levassor

 Robert Chancel
 Charles Plantivaux

Monopole Dyna X86 Coupe

Panhard 851cc F2

217

13

Still Looking

45

 M. Becquart
(private entrant)

 Marcel Becquart
 Gordon Wilkins

Jowett Jupiter R1

Jowett 1486cc F4

210

14

Still Looking

60

 Établissements Monopole

 Pierre Hémard
 Eugène Dussous

Monopole X84

Panhard 612cc F2

208

15

Renault 4CV (example)

68
(Reserve)

 RNU Renault

 Ernest de Regibus
 Marius Porta

Renault 4CV-1063

Renault 747cc S4

195

16

Still Looking

61

 R. Gaillard
(private entrant)

 Raymond Gaillard
 Pierre Chancel

Panhard Dyna X84 Sport

Panhard 611cc F2

186

17

Renault 4CV (example)

67
(Reserve)

 RNU Renault

 Jean Rédélé
 Guy Lapchin

Renault 4CV-1063

Renault 747cc S4

178

DNF

Talbot T26 SS (example)

8

 Pierre "Levegh"
(private entrant)

 Pierre "Levegh" (Pierre Bouillin)
 René Marchand

Talbot-Lago T26 GS Spyder

Talbot-Lago 4.5L S6

-

DNF

Aston Martin DB3S

25

 Aston Martin Ltd.

 Lance Macklin
 Peter Collins

Aston Martin DB3 Spyder

Aston Martin 2.6L S6

-

DNF

Talbot T26 SS (example)

65
(Reserve)

 E. Chaboud
(private entrant)

 Eugène Chaboud
 Charles Pozzi

Talbot-Lago T26 GS Spyder

Talbot-Lago 4.5L S6

-

DNF

OSCA MT4 (example)

48

 Automobili O.S.C.A.

 Dr. Mario Damonte
 "Martial" (Fernand Lacour)

O.S.C.A. MT-4 Coupé (Vignale)

O.S.C.A. 1342cc S4

-

DNF

Frazer Nash MM (example)

41

 Automobiles Frazer Nash Ltd.

 Richard 'Dickie' Stoop
 Peter Wilson

Frazer Nash Mille Miglia

Bristol 1979cc S6

-

DNF

Porsche 356 (example)

47

 A. Lachaize
(private entrant)

 Auguste Lachaize
 Eugène Martin

Porsche 356 SL

Porsche 1484cc F4

-

DNF

Still Looking

46

 Jowett Cars Ltd.

 Bert Hadley
 Tommy Wise

Jowett Jupiter R1

Jowett 1486cc F4

-

DNF

Renault 4CV (example)

56

 J.-E. Vernet
(private entrant)

 Just-Emile Vernet
 Jean Pairard

Renault 4CV-1063

Renault 747cc S4

-

DNF

Aston Martin DB2

31

 N.H. Mann
(private entrant)

 Nigel Mann
 Mortimer Morris-Goodall

Aston Martin DB2

Aston Martin 2.6L S6

-

DNF

Allard J2X

5

 S.H. Allard

 Zora Arkus-Duntov
 Frank Curtis

Allard J2X Le Mans

Chrysler 5.4L V8

-

DNF

Allard J2X

4

 S.H. Allard

 Sydney Allard
 Jack Fairman

Allard J2X Le Mans

Chrysler 5.4L V8

-

DNF

Peugeot 203 Coupe (example)

43

 A. Constantin
(private entrant)

 Alexis Constantin
 Jacques Poch

Peugeot 203C

Peugeot 1290cc S4
supercharged

-

DNF

Ferrari 225S Spyder

12

 Luigi Chinetti

 Luigi Chinetti
 Jean Lucas

Ferrari 340 America

Ferrari 4.1L V12

-

DNF

Still Looking

34

 Automobiles Gordini

 Jean Behra
 Robert Manzon

Gordini T15S

Gordini 2.3L S6

-

DNF

Talbot T26 SS (example)

9

 P. Meyrat
(private entrant)

 Pierre Meyrat
 Guy Mairesse

Talbot-Lago T26 GS Spyder

Talbot-Lago 4.5L S6

-

DNF

Ferrari 212 (example)

33

 Charles Moran Jr.
(private entrant)

 Charles Moran Jr.
 Franco Cornacchia

Ferrari 212 MM

Ferrari 2.6L V12

-

DNF

Still Looking

59

 Automobiles Panhard et Levassor

 Jacques Savoye
 Raymond Lienard

Monopole X84

Panhard 612cc F2

-

DNF

1952 Ferrari 225 Coupe (example)

30

 Scuderia Ferrari

 "Pagnibon" (Pierre Boncompagni)
 Tom Cole Jr.

Ferrari 225 S Berlinetta

Ferrari 2.7L V12

-

DNF

Still Looking

64
(Reserve)

 M. Gatsonides
(private entrant)

 Maurice Gatsonides
 Hugo van Zuylen Nijeveldt

Jowett Jupiter R1

Jowett 1486cc F4

-

DNF

Mercedes-Benz 300SL

22

 Daimler-Benz A.G.

 Karl Kling
 Hans Klenk

Mercedes-Benz W194

Mercedes-Benz 3.0L S6

-

DNF

Cunningham C4-RK Coupe

2

 Briggs Cunningham

 Phil Walters
 Duane Carter

Cunningham C4-RK Coupe

Chrysler 5.4L V8

-

DNF

Renault 4CV (example)

54

 RNU Renault

 Louis Pons
 Paul Moser

Renault 4CV-1063

Renault 747cc S4

-

DNF

Porsche 356 (example)

51

 Porsche KG

 Huschke von Hanstein
 Petermax Müller

Porsche 356 SL

Porsche 1086cc F4

-

DNF

Cunningham C2R (example)

3

 Briggs Cunningham

 John Fitch
 George "Rice" (George Viola)

Cunningham C4-R

Chrysler 5.4L V8

-

DNF

Ferrari 225S Spyder

15

 Ecurie Rosier

 Louis Rosier
 Maurice Trintignant

Ferrari 340 America Spyder

Ferrari 4.1L V12

-

DNF

Still Looking

58

 Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet

 Jean-Paul Colas
 Robert Schollmann

DB Coach

Panhard 745cc F2

-

DNF

Still Looking

44

 Automobiles Gordini

 Roger Loyer
 Clarence de Rinen

Gordini T15S

Gordini 1490cc S4

-

DNF

Ferrari 225S Spyder (example)

16

 Luigi Chinetti

 "Heldé" (Pierre-Louis Dreyfus)
 René Dreyfus

Ferrari 340 America Spyder

Ferrari 4.1L V12

-

DNF

Jaguar C Type

18

 Jaguar Cars Ltd.

 Tony Rolt
 Duncan Hamilton

Jaguar C-Type

Jaguar 3.5L S6

-

DNF

Still Looking

57

 Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet

 René Bonnet
 Élie Bayol

DB Sport

Panhard 745cc F2

-

DNF

Aston Martin DB3S

26

 Aston Martin Ltd.

 Dennis Poore
 Pat Griffith

Aston Martin DB3 Spyder

Aston Martin 2.6L S6

-

DNF

Still Looking

35

 R. Lawrie
(private entrant)

 Robert Lawrie
 John Isherwood

Morgan Plus 4

Standard 2.1L S4

-

DNF

Nash Healey

11

 Donald Healey Motor Co.

 Pierre Veyron
 Yves Giraud-Cabantous

Nash-Healey

Nash 4.1L S6

-

DNF

Renault 4CV (example)

53

 RNU Renault

 Yves Lesur
 André Briat

Renault 4CV-1063

Renault 747cc S4

-

DNF

1952 Ferrari 250 MM

62

 Scuderia Ferrari

 Alberto Ascari
 Luigi Villoresi

Ferrari 250 S Berlinetta

Ferrari 3.0L V12

-

DNF

Jaguar C Type

17

 Jaguar Cars Ltd.

 Stirling Moss
 Peter Walker

Jaguar C-Type

Jaguar 3.5L S6

-

DNF

Jaguar C Type (example)

19

 Jaguar Cars Ltd.

 Peter Whitehead
 Ian Stewart

Jaguar C-Type

Jaguar 3.5L S6

-

DNF

Renault 4CV (example)

55

 J. Lecat
(private entrant)

 Jacques Lecat
 Henri Senfftleben

Renault 4CV-1063

Renault 747cc S4

-

DNF

Aston Martin DB3S

27

 Aston Martin Ltd.

 Reg Parnell
 Eric Thompson

Aston Martin DB3 Coupe

Aston Martin 2.6L S6

-

DNF

Still Looking

49

 Mécanorma

 Norbert Jean Mahé
 José Scaron

Gordini T11 MM

Simca 1091cc S4

-

DNF

Ferrari 340 America Vignale Berlinetta (example)

7

 Ecurie Rosier

 Jean-Louis Rosier
 Jean Estager

Ferrari 340 America

Ferrari 4.1L V12

0

 

 


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