24 Hours of Le Mans: 1953

 

The 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 21st Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 13 and 14 June 1953, at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans (France). It was also the third round of the F.I.A. World Sports Car Championship.

British drivers Tony Rolt and Duncan Hamilton won the race with one of three factory-entered Jaguar C-Types, the first cars ever to race at Le Mans with disc brakes.

With the ongoing success of the World Championship of Drivers, this year saw the introduction by the FIA of a World Championship for Sports Cars, creating great interest from the major sports car manufacturers. It also drew together the great endurance races in Europe and North America. The Le Mans race was the third round in the championship after the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Mille Miglia.

After the efforts by drivers in the recent races to drive almost single-handedly (Chinetti in 1949, Rosier and Hall in 1950, Levegh and Cunningham in 1952) and the consequent safety danger through exhaustion, the ACO set limits of maximum driving spells of 80 consecutive laps and 18 hours in total for each driver.

This year also marked the first use of a radar-‘gun’ to measure speeds across a flying kilometre on the Hunaudières Straight. The results, not surprisingly, aligned with engine size but, significantly, also the impact of aerodynamics on top speed:

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

1951 Jaguar C Type

18

 Jaguar Cars Ltd.

 Tony Rolt
 Duncan Hamilton

Jaguar C-Type

Jaguar 3.4L S6

304

2

1951 Jaguar C Type

17

 Jaguar Cars Ltd.

 Stirling Moss
 Peter Walker

Jaguar C-Type

Jaguar 3.4L S6

300

3

Cunningham C-5R

2

 Briggs Cunningham

 Phil Walters
 John Fitch

Cunningham C5-R

Chrysler 5.5L V8

299

4

Jaguar C Type (example)

19

 Jaguar Cars Ltd.

 Peter Whitehead
 Ian Stewart

Jaguar C-Type

Jaguar 3.4L S6

297

5

1953 Ferrari 340 MM (example)

15

 Scuderia Ferrari

 Paolo Marzotto
 Giannino Marzotto

Ferrari 340 MM Berlinetta

Ferrari 4.1L V12

294

6

Gordini T121

(example)

35

 Automobiles Gordini

 Maurice Trintignant
 Harry Schell

Gordini T26S

Gordini 2.5L S6

293

7

Cunningham C4-RK Coupe

(example)

1

 Briggs Cunningham

 Briggs Cunningham
 William "Bill" Spear

Cunningham C4-R

Chrysler 5.5L V8

290

8

Talbot T26 SS

(example)

7

 Automobiles Talbot-Darracq S.A.

 Pierre “Levegh” (Pierre Bouillin)
 Charles Pozzi

Talbot-Lago T26GS Spyder

Talbot-Lago 4.5L S6

276

9

1951 Jaguar C Type

20

 Ecurie Francorchamps

 Roger Laurent
 Charles de Tornaco

Jaguar C-Type

Jaguar 3.4L S6

275

10

Cunningham C4-RK Coupe

(example)

3

 Briggs Cunningham

 Charles Moran Jr.
 John Gordon Bennet

Cunningham C4-RK

Chrysler 5.5L V8

269

11

Nash-Healey

11

 Nash-Healey Inc.

 Leslie Johnson
 Bert Hadley

Nash-Healey 4-litre Sport

Nash 4.1L S6

265

12

Austin Healey 100

34

 Donald Healey Motor Company

 Maurice Gatsonides
 Johnny Lockett

Austin-Healey 100

Austin 2.7L S4

257

13

Echoes; Frazer Nash High Speed Le Mans Replica; 1951 BRDC Empire Trophy Isle of Man (example)

39

 Automobiles Frazer Nash Ltd.

 Ken Wharton
 Laurence Mitchell

Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupé

Bristol 1971cc S6

253

14

Austin Healey 100 (example)

33

 Donald Healey Motor Company

 Marcel Becquart
 Gordon Wilkins

Austin-Healey 100

Austin 2.7L S4

252

15

Porsche 550 (example)

45

 Porsche KG

 Richard von Frankenberg
 Paul Frère

Porsche 550 Coupé

Porsche 1488cc F4

247

16

Porsche 550

44

 Porsche KG

 Helmut 'Helm' Glöckler
 Hans Herrmann

Porsche 550 Coupé

Porsche 1488cc F4

247

17

Still Looking

57

 Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet

 René Bonnet
 André Moynet

D.B. HBR-4 LM

Panhard 745cc F2

237

18

OSCA MT4 (example)

48

 Automobili O.S.C.A.

 Dr. Mario Damonte
 ”Heldé” (Pierre-Louis Dreyfus)

OSCA MT-4 1100 Coupé

O.S.C.A. 1093cc S4

232

19

Still Looking

58

 Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet

 Marc Gignoux
 Marc Azéma

D.B. HBR-4 LM

Panhard 745cc F2

231

20

Still Looking

50

 Automobiles Panhard et Levassor

 Charles Plantivoux
 Guy Lapchin

Panhard X89

Panhard 851cc F2

227

21

Still Looking

61

 Automobiles Panhard et Levassor

 Pierre Chancel
 Robert Chancel

Panhard X88

Panhard 611cc F2

223

22

Still Looking

51

 Automobiles Panhard et Levassor

 Raymond Stempert
 Georges Schwartz

Panhard X87

Panhard 851cc F2

218

23

Renault 4CV (example)

53

 R.N.U. Renault

 Jean-Louis Rosier
 Robert Schollmann

Renault 4CV-1068 Spyder

Renault 747cc S4

218

24

Still Looking

60

 Automobiles Panhard et Levassor

 Jean Hémard
 Jean de Montrémy

Monopole X85

Panhard 611cc F2

212

[25]*

Peugeot 203 Coupe (example)

66
(Reserve)

 A. Constantin
(private entrant)

 Alexis Constantin
 Michel Arnaud

Peugeot 203C

Peugeot 1290cc S4
Supercharged

200

26

Still Looking

56

 J.-É. Vernet & J. Pairard

 Just-Émile Vernet
 Jean Pairard

V.P. 166R Coupé

Renault 747cc S4

183

DNF

1953 Ferrari 340 MM (example)

12

 Scuderia Ferrari

 Alberto Ascari
 Luigi Villoresi

Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta

Ferrari 4.5L V12

229

DNF

Borgward Hansa Cabriolet (example)

41

 Borgward GmbH

 Jacques Poch
 Edmond Mouche

Borgward-Hansa 1500 ‘Rennsport’

Borgward 1498cc S4

228

DNF

Lancia D20 Berlinetta Pininfarina (example)

63
(Reserve)

 Scuderia Lancia

 José Froilán González
 Clemente Biondetti

Lancia D20

Lancia 2.7L V6
Supercharged

213

DNF

Aston Martin DB3S (example)

27

 Aston Martin Ltd.

 Eric Thompson
 Dennis Poore

Aston Martin DB3S

Aston Martin 2.9L I6

182

DNF

1953 Ferrari 340 MM (example)

16

 Luigi Chinetti

 Luigi Chinetti
 Tom Cole Jr.

Ferrari 340 MM Vignale Spyder

Ferrari 4.1L V12

175

DNF

Lancia D20 Berlinetta Pininfarina (example)

31

 Scuderia Lancia

 Robert Manzon
 Louis Chiron

Lancia D20

Lancia 2.7L V6
Supercharged

174

DNF

Porsche 356 (example)

49

 Porsche KG

 Auguste Veuillet
 Petermax Müller

Porsche 356 SL

Porsche 1091cc F4

147

DNF

Echoes; Frazer Nash High Speed Le Mans Replica; 1951 BRDC Empire Trophy Isle of Man (example)

40

 Automobiles Frazer Nash Ltd.

 Bob Gerard
 David Clark

Frazer Nash Le Mans MkII Replica

Bristol 1971cc S6

135

DNF

1953 Alfa Romeo 6C 3000CM (example)

23

 SpA Alfa Romeo

 Karl Kling
 Fritz Riess

Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM

Alfa Romeo 3.5L S6

133

DNF

Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM

21

 SpA Alfa Romeo

 Consalvo Sanesi
 Piero Carini

Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM

Alfa Romeo 3.5L S6

125

DNF

Talbot T26 SS

(example)

9

 Automobiles Talbot-Darracq S.A.

 Guy Mairesse
 Georges Grignard

Talbot-Lago T26 GS Spyder

Talbot-Lago 4.5L S6

120

DNF

Lancia D20 Berlinetta Pininfarina (example)

30

 Scuderia Lancia

 Piero Taruffi
 Umberto Maglioli

Lancia D20

Lancia 2.7L V6
Supercharged

117

DNF

Porsche 356 (example)

46

 G. Olivier
(private entrant)

 Gonzague Olivier
 Eugène Martin

Porsche 356 SL

Porsche 1091cc F4

115

DNF

Renault 4CV (example)

55

 J. Lecat
(private entrant)

 Jacques Lecat
 Henri Senfftleben

Renault 4CV-1063

Renault 747cc S4

84

DNF

Gordini T121

(example)

36

 Automobiles Gordini

 Jean Behra
 Roberto Mieres

Gordini T15S

Gordini 2.3L S6

84

DNF

OSCA MT4 (example)

47

 Rees T. Makins

 Phil Hill
 Fred Wacker Jr.

O.S.C.A. MT-4

O.S.C.A. 1343cc S4

80

DNF

Aston Martin DB3S (example)

26

 Aston Martin Ltd.

 George Abecassis
 Roy Salvadori

Aston Martin DB3S

Aston Martin 2.9L S6

74

DNF

Bristol 450

38

 Bristol Aeroplane Company

 Jack Fairman
 Tommy Wisdom

Bristol 450 Coupé

Bristol 1979cc S6

70

DNF

Lancia D20 Berlinetta Pininfarina (example)

32

 Scuderia Lancia

 Felice Bonetto
 Luigi "Gino" Valenzano

Lancia D20

Lancia 2.7L V6
Supercharged

66

DNF

Allard J2 (example)

5

 Allard Motor Company

 Zora Arkus-Duntov
 Ray Merrick

Allard J2R

Cadillac 5.4L V8

65

DNF

Gordini T121

(example)

67
(Reserve)

 Capt. M. Crespin
(private entrant)

 André Guelfi
 Roger Loyer

Gordini T15S

Gordini 1490cc S4

40

DNF

Talbot T26 SS

(example)

8

 Automobiles Talbot-Darracq S.A.

 Élie Bayol
 Louis Rosier

Talbot-Lago T26 GS Spyder

Talbot-Lago 4.5L S6

37

DNF

Still Looking

54

 R.N.U. Renault

 Jean Redélé
 Louis Pons

D.B. 4CV-1066

Renault 747L S4

35

DNF

Bristol 450

(example) 

37

 Bristol Aeroplane Company

 Lance Macklin
 Graham Whitehead

Bristol 450 Coupé

Bristol 1979cc S6

29

DNF

Borgward Hansa Cabriolet (example)

42

 Borgward GmbH

 Hans-Hugo Hartmann
 Adolf Brudes

Borgward-Hansa 1500 ‘Rennsport’

Borgward 1498cc S4

29

DNF

Talbot T26 SS

(example)

6

 A. Chambas
(private entrant)

 André Chambas
 Charles de Cortanze

Talbot-Lago SS Spyder

Talbot-Lago 4.5L S6
Supercharged

24

DNF

Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 Berlinetta Colli

22

 SpA Alfa Romeo

 Juan Manuel Fangio
 Onofre Marimón

Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM

Alfa Romeo 3.5L S6

22

DNF

Aston Martin DB3S

25

 Aston Martin Ltd.

 Reg Parnell
 Peter Collins

Aston Martin DB3S

Aston Martin 2.9L S6

16

DNF

Still Looking

52

 R.N.U. Renault

 André Briat
 Yves Lesur

V.P. 4CV-1064

Renault 747cc S4

14

DNF

Ferrari 340 MM

14

 Scuderia Ferrari

 Giuseppe Farina
 Mike Hawthorn

Ferrari 340 MM

Ferrari 4.1L V12

12

DNF

Nash-Healey (example)

10

 Nash-Healey Inc.

 Yves Giraud-Cabantous
 Pierre Veyron

Nash-Healey Sports

Nash 4.1L S6

9

DNF

Still Looking

59

 Établissements Monopole

 Eugène Dussous
 Pierre Flahaut

Monopole X84

Panhard 612cc F2

9

DNF

Fiat 8V (example)

62

 Etablissements Fiat Dagrada

 Norbert Jean Mahé
 ComteGiovanni 'Johnny' Lurani

Fiat 8V

Fiat 1996cc V8

8

DNF

Allard J2R

4

 Allard Motor Company

 Sydney Allard
 Philip Fotheringham-Parker

Allard J2R

Cadillac 5.4L V8

4

DNS

Borgward Hansa Cabriolet (example)

43

 Borgward GmbH

 Karl-Heinz Schaufele
 Adolf Brudes

Borgward-Hansa 1500 ‘Rennsport’

Borgward 1498cc S4

0

DNS

Pegaso Z-102 (example)

28

 Empresa Nacional de Autocamiones S.A.

 Juan Jover
 Paul Metternich

Pegaso Z-102 Spyder

Pegaso 2.8L V8
Supercharged

0

DNS

Pegaso Z-102 (example)

29

 Empresa Nacional de Autocamiones S.A.

 Joaquin Palacio Pover
 Pablo Julio Reh Cardrona

Pegaso Z-102 Spyder

Pegaso 2.8L V8
Supercharged

0


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