1958 24 Hours Le Mans

 

The 1958 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 26th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 21 and 22 June 1958, on the Circuit de la Sarthe. It was also the fifth round of the 1958 World Sports Car Championship, which was running to new regulations introduced at the beginning of the season.

The race was dominated by fifteen hours of rain, three of which were torrential, marking a bad summer solstice. There were thirteen accidents, one killing gentleman-driver Jean-Marie Brussin. It marked the first ever overall win for an American and a Belgian driver and was the third win for the Scuderia Ferrari. The works Testarossas took over the lead in the third hour when, this year, it was the British challenge that ran out of steam.

This year a revision put a maximum engine size of 3.0 litres. This was an effort to limit the very high speeds of the new Maserati and Ferrari prototypes (and, indirectly ruling out the Jaguars) in the Sportscar Championship. The equivalence for forced-induction engines (supercharged or turbo) was reduced from x1.4 down to only x1.2 to encourage manufacturers to utilise that technology.

For the race itself, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) allowed an increase of a driver's stint to a maximum of 40 laps (from 36), although the 14-hour total limit was still in place. Pushing a car anywhere on the track, aside from in the pit-line, was now no longer allowed.

Following Colin Chapman's example for Lotus in the previous year, many cars adopted the ‘wraparound’ windscreen to meet the official dimension requirements. This year Chapman introduced tonneau-covers for the passenger seat to reduce draught and air resistance.

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

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

14

 Scuderia Ferrari

 Olivier Gendebien
 Phil Hill

Ferrari 250 TR/58

Ferrari 3.0L V12

305

2

Aston Martin DB3S (example)

5

 A.G. Whitehead
(private entrant)

 Peter Whitehead
 Graham Whitehead

Aston Martin DB3S

Aston Martin 3.0L S6

293

3

Porsche 718 RS60

(example)

29

 Porsche KG

 Jean Behra
 Hans Herrmann

Porsche 718 RSK

Porsche 1588cc F4

291

4

Porsche 718 RS60

(example)

31

 Porsche KG

 Edgar Barth
 Paul Frère

Porsche 718 RSK

Porsche 1498cc F4

290

5

Porsche 550 1500/RS (example)

32

 Baron de Beaufort

 Carel Godin de Beaufort
 Herbert Linge

Porsche 550A

Porsche 1498cc F4

288

6

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

21

 Equipe Nationale Belge

 “Beurlys” (Jean Blaton)
 Alain de Changy

Ferrari 250 TR

Ferrari 3.0L V12

279

7

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

22

 E. Hugus
(private entrant)

 Ed Hugus
 Ray “Ernie” Erickson

Ferrari 250 TR

Ferrari 3.0L V12

278

8

AC Ace (example)

28

 AC Cars Ltd

 Richard “Dickie” Stoop
 Peter Bolton

AC Ace LM Prototype

Bristol 1971cc S6

257

N/C *

AC Ace (example)

27

 A.C. Ace Ltd.

 Hubert Patthey
 Georges Berger

AC Ace

Bristol 1971cc S6

255

9

Porsche 550 1500/RS (example)

34

 J.-P. Colas
(private entrant)

 Jean Kerguen
 "Franc" (Jacques Dewez)

Porsche 550A

Porsche 1498cc F4

254

10

OSCA MT4

(example)

42

 Automobili OSCA

 Alejandro de Tomaso
 Colin Davis

O.S.C.A. 750S

OSCA 749cc S4

252

11

DB HBR5 Antem Cabriolet (example)

44

 Automobiles
Deutsch et Bonnet

 Gérard Laureau
 Louis Cornet

D.B. HBR-4 Spyder

Panhard 745cc F2

250

12

DB HBR5 Antem Cabriolet (example)

46

 Automobiles
Deutsch et Bonnet

 Paul Armagnac
 Jean-Claude Vidilles

D.B. HBR-4 Spyder

Panhard 745cc F2

242

13

OSCA MT4

(example)

41

 Automobili Osca

 Jean Laroche
 Rémy Radix

O.S.C.A. 750S

OSCA 749cc S4

241

N/C *

Lister-Jaguar

10

 B. Halford
(private entrant)

 Bruce Halford
 Brian Naylor

Lister

Jaguar 3.0L I6

241

N/C *

Still Looking

24

 Peerless Cars

 Peter Jopp
 Percy Crabb

Peerless GT Coupé

Triumph 1991cc S4

240

14

Panhard DB (example)

51

 Équipe Monopole Courses

 Jacques Poch
 Guy Dunaud-Saultier

Monopole X86

Panhard 745cc F2

218

15

DB HBR5 Antem Cabriolet (example)

45

 Automobiles
Deutsch et Bonnet

 Robert Mougin
 Jean Lucienbonnet

D.B. HBR-4 GTS Coupé

Panhard 745cc F2

214

16

Still Looking

53

 Automobili Stanguellini

 François Sigrand
 René-Louis Revillon

Stanguellini S750 Sport

Fiat 741cc S4

212

17

Lotus Eleven (example)

55

 Team Lotus Engineering

 Alan Stacey
 Tom Dickson

Lotus 11

Coventry Climax FWC
741cc S4

202

DNF

Jaguar D Type (example)

8

 J. D. Hamilton
(private entrant)

 Duncan Hamilton
 Ivor Bueb

Jaguar D-Type

Jaguar 3.0L S6

251

DNF

Aston Martin DBR1/300 (example)

3

 Aston Martin Ltd.

 Tony Brooks
 Maurice Trintignant

Aston Martin DBR1/300

Aston Martin 3.0L S6

173

DNF

Lotus Eleven (example)

38

 Team Lotus Engineering

 Innes Ireland
 Mike Taylor

Lotus 11

Coventry Climax FWA
1098cc S4

162

DNF

Maserati 300S

(example)

1

 F. Godia-Sales
(private entrant)

 Francisco “Chico” Godia-Sales
 Jo Bonnier

Maserati 300 S

Maserati 3.0L S6

142

DNF

DB HBR5 Antem Cabriolet (example)

47

 B. Deviterne
(private entrant)

 Marcel Laillier
 René Bartholoni

D.B. HBR-5 Coupé

Panhard 745cc F2

129

DNF

Ferrari 500 TRC (example)

25

 North American Racing Team

 Pedro Rodríguez
 José Behra

Ferrari 500 TR

Ferrari 1998cc V12

119

DNF

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

12

 Scuderia Ferrari

 Mike Hawthorn
 Peter Collins

Ferrari 250 TR/58

Ferrari 3.0L V12

112

DNF

Still Looking

54

 Automobili Stanguellini

 René-Philippe Faure
 Michel Nicol

Stanguellini S750 Sport

Fiat 741cc S4

110

DNF

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa (example)

16

 Scuderia Ferrari

 Wolfgang von Trips
 Wolfgang Seidel

Ferrari 250 TR/58

Ferrari 3.0L V12

101

DNF

Panhard DB

48

 Équipe Monopole Course

 Maurice van der Bruwaene
 Jacques Lefourel

Monopole X89

Panhard 745cc F2

101

DNF

Tojeiro-Climax 1100

40

 John Ogier

 Tommy Bridger
 Peter Blond

Tojeiro TCM

Coventry Climax FWA
1098cc S4

83

DNF

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

19

 North American Racing Team

 Fernand Tavano
 Edwin 'Ed' Martin

Ferrari 250 TR

Ferrari 3.0L V12

77

DNF

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

20

 Equipe Los Amigos

 François Picard
 Jaroslav Juhan

Ferrari 250 TR

Ferrari 3.0L V12

72

DNF

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa (example)

18

 North American Racing Team

 Dan Gurney
 Bruce Kessler

Ferrari 250 TR

Ferrari 3.0L V12

64

DNF

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce Zagato (example)

37

 Squadra Virgilio Conrero

 Jean Hébert
 Marcel Lauga

Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ

Alfa Romeo 1290cc S4

59

DNF

Porsche 718 RS60

(example)

30

 Porsche KG

 Richard von Frankenberg
 Claude Storez

Porsche 718 RSK

Porsche 1588cc F4

55

DNF

Aston Martin DBR1/300 (example)

4

 Aston Martin Ltd.

 Roy Salvadori
 Stuart Lewis-Evans

Aston Martin DBR1/300

Aston Martin 3.0L S6

49

DNF

Jaguar D Type (example)

11

 H. Peignaux
(private entrant)

 "Mary" (Jean-Marie Brussin)
 André Guelfi

Jaguar D-Type

Jaguar 3.0L S6

47

DNF

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

17

 F. Tavano
(private entrant)

 Alfonso Gomez-Mena
 Piero Drogo

Ferrari 250 TR

Ferrari 3.0L V12

45

DNF

Panhard DB

50

 Équipe Monopole Course

 Bernard Consten
 Jean Vinatier

Monopole VM-S

Panhard 745cc F2

44

DNF

Lister-Jaguar (example)

9

 Equipe Nationale Belge

 Freddy Rousselle
 Claude Dubois

Lister

Jaguar 3.0L S6

43

DNF

Lotus XV (example)

35

 Lotus Engineering

 Jay Chamberlain
 Pete Lovely

Lotus 15

Coventry Climax FPF
1476cc S4

39

DNF

Still Looking

52

 Automobili Stanguellini

 Georges Guyot
 Pierre Ros

Stanguellini 750 S

Fiat 741cc S4

38

DNF

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

58
(reserve)

 Ecurie Francorchamps

 Lucien Bianchi
 Willy Mairesse

Ferrari 250 TR

Ferrari 3.0L V12

33

DNF

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce Zagato

36

 Squadra Virgilio Conrero

 Giorgio Ubezzi
 Eric Catulle

Alfa Romeo Giulietta SVZ

Alfa Romeo 1290cc S4

31

DNF

Aston Martin DBR1/300 (example)

2

 Aston Martin Ltd.

 Stirling Moss
 Jack Brabham

Aston Martin DBR1/300

Aston Martin 3.0L S6

30

DNF

Jaguar D Type (example)

57
(reserve)

 M. Charles
(private entrant)

 Maurice Charles
 John Young

Jaguar D-Type

Jaguar 3.0L S6

29

DNF

Lotus Eleven (example)

39

 Car Exchange

 Bob Hicks
 Bill Frost

Lotus 11

Coventry Climax FWA
1098cc S4

28

DNF

Maserati 200 (example)

23

 J. Thépenier
(private entrant)

 Eugène Martin
 Michel Dagorne

Maserati 200 SI

Maserati 1994cc S4

20

DNF

Lotus XV (example)

56

 Equipe Lotus France

 André Héchard
 Roger Masson

Lotus 15

Coventry Climax FWMA
741cc S4

19

DNF

Panhard DB (example)

49

 Équipe Monopole Course

 René Cotton
André Beaulieux

Monopole X86

Panhard 745cc F2

10

DNF

Jaguar D Type (example)

6

 Ecurie Ecosse

 Jack Fairman
 Masten Gregory

Jaguar D-Type

Jaguar 3.0L S6

7

DNF

Lotus XV

26

 Team Lotus Engineering

 Cliff Allison
 Graham Hill

Lotus 15

Coventry Climax FPF
1965cc S4

3

DNF

Jaguar D Type (example)

7

 Ecurie Ecosse

 Ninian Sanderson
 John ‘Jock’ Lawrence

Jaguar D-Type

Jaguar 3.0L S6

2

DNF

Still Looking

43

 Automobiles V.P.

 Jean-Marie Dumazer
 Robert Dutoit

V.P. Spyder

Renault 747cc S4

2

DNS

Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa (example)

15

 J. Bonnier
(private entrant)

 Joakim ‘Jo’ Bonnier

Ferrari 250 TR

Ferrari 3.0L V12

0

DNS

Porsche 550 1500/RS (example)

33

 C. Goethals
(private entrant)

 Christian Goethals

Porsche 550A

Porsche 1498cc F4

0

DNS

Porsche 550 1500/RS (example)

59
(reserve)

 H. Schiller
(private entrant)

 Heinz Schiller
 Claude Tot
 Hans Wirz

Porsche 550A

Porsche 1498cc F4

0

DNS

Still Looking

60
(reserve)

 Automobili Stanguellini

 Roger Castelain
 Pierre Ros

Stanguellini 750 S

Fiat 741cc S4

0

DNS

Still Looking

61
(reserve)

 Automobiles V.P.

 Louis Chardin
 Michel Heymel

V.P. Sport

Renault 747cc S4

0

DNS

Still Looking

62
(reserve)

 De Pontac

 .. Laforcade
 Gaston Serraud

CTAP

Renault 747cc S4

0

DNS

Still Looking

63
(reserve)

 Peerless Cars

 Ian Baillie
 Richard Gibson
 John Dalton

Peerless GT Coupé

Triumph 1991cc S4

0

 

 


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