1963 24 Hours of Le Mans

 

The 1963 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 31st Grand Prix of Endurance in the 24 Hours of Le Mans series and took place on 15 and 16 June 1963. It was also the tenth round of the 1963 World Sportscar Championship season.

Despite good weather throughout the race, attrition was high, leaving only twelve classified finishers. There were a number of major accidents, the most serious of which caused the death of Brazilian driver Christian Heins and bad injuries to Roy Salvadori and Jean-Pierre Manzon. This was the first win for a mid- or rear-engined car, and the first all-Italian victory – with F1 drivers Ludovico Scarfiotti and Lorenzo Bandini winning in their Ferrari 250 P. In fact, Ferrari dominated the results list filling the first six places, and the winners’ margin of over 200 km (16 laps) was the biggest since 1927.

In 1963 the CSI (Commission Sportive Internationale - the FIA’s regulatory body) lifted the 4.0 litre engine restriction on its GT classes, as well as introducing a sliding scale for minimum weight versus engine size. That change again opened the field to large American V8s, used on the AC Cobras and Lola Mk6 that year. It also revised the equivalence ratio for forced induction/turbo engines from 1.2 up to 1.4. The minimum height for cars was increased to 850mm (33.5 inches).

The Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) renamed its ‘Experimental’ category as ‘Prototype’ and lifted the 4.0 litre engine restriction for those classes as well. The main change for the race was the starting positions on the grid were now to be determined by the fastest times in practice rather than in order of engine size. In a nod to driver safety, the wearing of safety-belts was now recommended.

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 250P 21  SpA Ferrari SEFAC  Ludovico Scarfiotti
 Lorenzo Bandini
Ferrari 250 P Ferrari 3.0L V12 339
2 Ferrari 250 GTO

(example)

24  Equipe Nationale Belge  “Beurlys” (Jean Blaton)
 Gérard Langlois van Ophem
Ferrari 250 GTO Ferrari 3.0L V12 323
3 Ferrari 250P

(example)

22  SpA Ferrari SEFAC  Mike Parkes
 Umberto Maglioli
Ferrari 250 P Ferrari 3.0L V12 323
4 Ferrari 250 GTO

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25  Ecurie Francorchamps  Pierre Dumay
 “Eldé” (Leon Dernier)
Ferrari 250 GTO Ferrari 3.0L V12 322
5 Ferrari 330 LMB 12  Maranello Concessionaires Ltd.  Mike Salmon
 Jack Sears
Ferrari 330 LMB Ferrari 4.0L V12 314
6 Ferrari 250 GTO

(example)

26  North American Racing Team  Masten Gregory
 David Piper
Ferrari 250 GTO/LMB Ferrari 3.0L V12 312
N/C * Rover-BRM Turbine 00  Owen Racing Organisation  Graham Hill
 Richie Ginther
Rover-BRM Rover Turbine 310
7 AC Cobra Coupe 3  AC Cars Ltd  Ninian Sanderson
 Peter Bolton
AC Cobra Hardtop Ford 4.7L V8 310
8 Porsche 718/8 28  Porsche System Engineering  Edgar Barth
 Herbert Linge
Porsche 718/8 W-RS Spyder Porsche 1962cc F8 300
9 Jaguar E-Type 15  Briggs Cunningham  Briggs Cunningham
 Bob Grossman
Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Jaguar 3.8L S6 283
10 Lotus Elite 39  Team Elite  Pat Ferguson
 John Wagstaff
Lotus Elite Mk14 Coventry Climax 1216cc S4 270
11

1966 Matra Djet 5S

(example)

53  Automobiles René Bonnet  Claude Bobrowski
 Jean-Pierre Beltoise
Bonnet Aérodjet LM6 Renault-Gordini 1108cc S4 269
12 MGB Le Mans 31  A. Hutcheson
(private entrant)
 Alan Hutcheson
 Paddy Hopkirk
MG MGB Hardtop BMC 1803cc S4 264
N/C**

1966 Matra Djet 5S

(example)

41  Automobiles René Bonnet  Robert Bouharde
 Bruno Basini
Bonnet Aérodjet LM6 Renault-Gordini 1108cc S4 211
DNF Ferrari 250P 23  SpA Ferrari SEFAC  John Surtees
 Willy Mairesse
Ferrari 250 P Ferrari 3.0L V12 252
DNF Alpine M63 Prototype 50  Automobiles Alpine  Bernard Boyer
 Guy Verrier
Alpine A110 M63 Renault-Gordini 996cc S4 227
DNF Sunbeam Alpine

(example)

32  Sunbeam Talbot  Keith Ballisat
 Jack Lewis
Sunbeam Alpine Sunbeam 1592cc S4 200
DNF Lotus Elite

(example)

38  Team Elite  Frank Gardner
 John Coundley
Lotus Elite Mk14 Coventry Climax 1216cc S4 167
DNF Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ 34  Scuderia Sant Ambroeus  Giancarlo Sala
 Romolo Rossi
Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Alfa Romeo 1570cc S4 155
DNF Lola GT 6  Lola Cars Ltd.  David Hobbs
 Richard Attwood
Lola Mk6 GT Ford 4.7L V8 151
DNF Aston Martin Project 214

(example)

7  David Brown Racing Dept.
 
 William Kimberly
 Jo Schlesser
Aston Martin DP214 Aston Martin 3.7L S6 139
DNF Ferrari 330 LMB

(example)

11  North American Racing Team  Dan Gurney
 Jim Hall
Ferrari 330 LMB Ferrari 4.0L V12 126
DSQ AC Shelby Cobra 4  E. Hugus
(private entrant)
 Ed Hugus
 Peter Jopp
AC Cobra Coupé Ford 4.7L V8 117
DNF Still Looking 30  Porsche System Engineering  Ben Pon
 Heinz Schiller
Porsche 356 B 2000 GS/GT Porsche 1967cc F4 115
DNF Ferrari 330 TRI 10  North American Racing Team  Pedro Rodríguez
 Roger Penske
Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Ferrari 4.0L V12 113
DSQ Deep-Sanderson BMC DS301 44  Lawrence Tune Engineering  Chris Lawrence
 Chris Spender
Deep Sanderson 301 BMC 997cc S4 110
DNF Porsche 718/8

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27  Porsche System Engineering  Joakim ‘Jo’ Bonnier
 Tony Maggs
Porsche 718/8 GTR Coupé Porsche 1981cc F8 109
DNF Ferrari 250 GTO

(example)

20  SpA Ferrari SEFAC  Carlo Maria Abate
 Fernand Tavano
Ferrari 250 GTO Ferrari 3.0L V12 105
DSQ Still Looking 58  J-G. Branche
(private entrant)
 Jean-Georges Branche
 Claude Dubois
Abarth 850 Fiat 847cc S4 96
DNF Still Looking 29  Porsche System Engineering  Carel Godin de Beaufort
 Gerhard 'Gerd' Koch
Porsche 356 B 2000 GS/GT Porsche 1967cc F4 94
DNF Austin Healey Sebring Sprite

(example)

42  Donald Healey Motor Company  Bob Olthoff
 Sir John Whitmore
Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite BMC 1101cc S4 94
DNF Sunbeam Alpine

(example)

33  Sunbeam Talbot  Peter Harper
 Peter Procter
Sunbeam Alpine Sunbeam 1592cc S4 93
DNF Ferrari 330 LMB

(example)

9  P. Noblet
(private entrant)
 Pierre Noblet
 Jean Guichet
Ferrari 330 LMB Ferrari 4.0L V12 79
DSQ Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ

(example)

35  Scuderia Sant Ambroeus  Giampiero Biscaldi
 “Kim” (Sergio Pedretti)
Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ Alfa Romeo 1570cc S4 70
DNF Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato 19  J. Kerguen
(private entrant)
 Jean Kerguen
 "Franc" (Jacques Dewez)
Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Aston Martin 3.7L S6 65
DNF Still Looking 49  Automobiles Alpine  René Richard
 Piero Frescobaldi
Alpine A110 M63 Renault-Gordini 996cc S4 63
DNF Aston Martin Project 214 8  David Brown Racing Dept.  Bruce McLaren
 Innes Ireland
Aston Martin DP214 Aston Martin 3.7L S6 59
DNF Still Looking 48  Automobiles Alpine  Christian ‘Bino’ Heins
 José Rosinski
Alpine A110 M63 Renault-Gordini 996cc S4 50
DNF

1966 Matra Djet 5S

(example)

52  Urbain Fabre  Jean-Pierre Manzon
 Jean Rolland
Bonnet Aérodjet LM6 Renault-Gordini 996cc S4 47
DNF Maserati Tipo 151

(example)

2  Maserati France  André Simon
 Lloyd 'Lucky' Casner
Maserati Tipo 151/3 Coupé Maserati 4.9L V8 40
DNF Jaguar E-Type 16  Briggs Cunningham  Roy Salvadori
 Paul Richards
Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Jaguar 3.8L S6 40
DNF Lister-Jaguar Costin

(example)

17  P.J. Sargent
(private entrant)
Peter Sargent
 Peter Lumsden
Lister Costin Coupe Jaguar 3.8L S6 29
DNF Aston Martin Project 215 18  David Brown Racing Dept.  Phil Hill
 Lucien Bianchi
Aston Martin DP215 Aston Martin 4.0L S6 29
DNF

1966 Matra Djet 5S

(example)

54  Automobiles René Bonnet  Gérard Laureau
 Jean Vinatier
Bonnet RB5 Renault 716cc S4 25
DNF Jaguar E-Type

(example)

14  Briggs Cunningham  Walt Hansgen
 Augie Pabst
Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Jaguar 3.8L S6 8
DNF Alfa Romeo Giulietta SZ

(example)

36  Scuderia Filipinetti  Karl Foitek
 Armand Schäfer
Alfa Romeo Giulietta GZ Alfa Romeo 1570cc S4 7
DNF

1966 Matra Djet 5S

(example)

51  Automobiles René Bonnet  Roger Masson
 Pierre Monneret
Bonnet Aérodjet LM6 Renault-Gordini 996cc S4 4
DNF Fiat Abarth 1000 Coupe Bialbero

(example)

55  "Sarayac"
(private entrant)
 “Sarayac” (Guy Flayac)
 Lucien Barthe
Abarth 1000 SP Fiat 998cc S4 3
DNF Still Looking 56  Auto Union GmbH  André Guilhaudin
 Alain Bertaut
CD-DKW Coupé DKW 750cc S3 1
DNP Chevrolet Corvette C1

(example)

1  A.Green(private entrant)  Jerry Grant
 Don Campbell
Chevrolet Corvette (C2) Chevrolet 5.4L V8 did not arrive
DNP Lola GT

(example)

5  Lola Cars Ltd.  Tony Maggs
 John Love
Lola Mk6 GT Ford 4.7L V8 did not arrive
DNP Lotus Elite

(example)

40  Equipe Nationale Belge  Claude Dubois
 Georges Harris
Lotus Elite Mk14 Coventry Climax 1216cc S4 did not arrive
DNP Deep-Sanderson BMC DS301

(example)

44  Equipe Lausannoise  Bernard Collomb
 
Deep Sanderson 301 BMC 997cc S4 did not arrive
DNP Still Looking 43  Scuderia Filipinetti  Herbert Müller
 Jean-Jacques Thuner
ASA 1000 GT ASA 1032cc S4 did not arrive
DNP Still Looking 46  Scuderia AS Elmo d’Argento  Jean Vinatier
 Paul Condrillier
ASA 1000 GT ASA 996cc S4 did not arrive
DNP Still Looking 47  Scuderia AS Elmo d’Argento  Carlo Facetti
 Giorgio Bassi
ASA 1000 GT ASA 996cc S4 did not arrive

 


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