1964 24 Hours of Le Mans

 

The 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 32nd Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 20 and 21 June 1964. It was also the ninth round of the 1964 World Sportscar Championship season.

This year marked the arrival of American teams in force, with Ford V8 engines in ten cars. It also marked the last appearance of Aston Martin and Jaguar for twenty years. Over half the entrants were mid- or rear-engined, and almost half the field had a 3-litre engine or bigger. But the number of retirements due to gearbox and clutch issues from the increased power in the cars was noticeable.

Ferrari was the winner for a record fifth year in a row – the 275 P of Nino Vaccarella and former Ferrari-privateer Jean Guichet covered a record distance. The second was the Ferrari of Graham Hill and Jo Bonnier for the British Maranello Concessionaires team, ahead of the works 330 P of John Surtees and Lorenzo Bandini. Ferrari dominance of the GT category was broken for the first time however by the new Shelby Cobra of Dan Gurney and Bob Bondurant finishing in fourth ahead of two of the Ferrari 250 GTOs.

Aside from a few adjustments to the sliding scale of minimum weight to engine capacity, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) made very few changes to its regulations this year. With the greatly disparate speeds, the minimum engine size was increased from 700cc to 1000cc. Otherwise, the final lap now had to be completed in fifteen minutes, down from twenty minutes.

Where we have not had a model of the car through the business as raced 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 275P 20  SpA Ferrari SEFAC  Nino Vaccarella
 Jean Guichet
Ferrari 275 P Ferrari 3.3L V12 349
2 Ferrari 330P 14  Maranello Concessionaires  Graham Hill
 Jo Bonnier
Ferrari 330 P Ferrari 4.0L V12 344
3 Ferrari 270/330 P4 19  SpA Ferrari SEFAC  John Surtees
 Lorenzo Bandini
Ferrari 330 P Ferrari 4.0L V12 337
4 Exoto 18001; Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe; 1964 24h Le Mans 4th; Gurney & Bondurant; RN5 5  Shelby-American Inc.  Dan Gurney
 Bob Bondurant
Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe Ford 4.7L V8 334
5 IXO; Ferrari 250 GTO; 1962 24h Le Mans 2nd; Noblet & Guichet; RN19

(example)

24  Equipe Nationale Belge  Lucien Bianchi
 “Beurlys” (Jean Blaton)
Ferrari 250 GTO Ferrari 3.0L V12 333
6 IXO; Ferrari 250 GTO; 1962 24h Le Mans 2nd; Noblet & Guichet; RN19

(example)

25  Maranello Concessionaires  Innes Ireland
 Tony Maggs
Ferrari 250 GTO Ferrari 3.0L V12 328
7 Porsche 904 GTS 34  Auguste Veuillet  Robert Buchet
 Guy Ligier
Porsche 904/4 GTS Porsche 1967cc F4 323
8 Porsche 904 GTS

(example)

33  Racing Team Holland  Ben Pon
 Henk van Zalinge
Porsche 904/4 GTS Porsche 1967cc F4 319
9 IXO; Ferrari 250 GTO; 1962 24h Le Mans 2nd; Noblet & Guichet; RN19

(example)

27  F. Tavano
(private entrant)
 Fernand Tavano
 Bob Grossman
Ferrari 250 GTO Ferrari 3.0L V12 315
10 Porsche 904 GTS 31  Porsche System Engineering  Gerhard 'Gerd' Koch
 Heinz Schiller
Porsche 904/4 GTS Porsche 1967cc F4 315
11 Porsche 904 GTS 35  Scuderia Filipinetti  Herbert Müller
 Claude Sage
Porsche 904/4 GTS Porsche 1967cc F4 309
12 Porsche 904 GTS

(example)

32  "Franc"
(private entrant)
 “Franc” (Jacques Dewes)
 Jean Kerguen
Porsche 904/4 GTS Porsche 1967cc F4 308
13 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ1 57  Scuderia St. Ambroeus  Roberto Bussinello
 Bruno Deserti
Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Alfa Romeo 1570cc S4 307
14 Still Looking 1  Auguste Veuillet  Pierre Noblet
 Edgar Berney
Iso Grifo A3C Chevrolet 5.4L V8 307
15 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ1 41  Scuderia St. Ambroeus  Giampiero Biscaldi
 Giancarlo Sala
Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Alfa Romeo 1570cc S4 305
16 Ferrari 250 LM

(example)

23  Equipe Nationale Belge  Pierre Dumay
 Gerard Langlois van Ophem
Ferrari 250 LM Ferrari 3.3L V12 298
17 Still Looking 46  Société des Automobiles Alpine  Roger Delageneste
 Henry Morrogh
Alpine M64 Renault-Gordini 292
18 AC Shelby Cobra

(example)

64  Société Chardonnet  Régis Fraissinet
 Jean de Mortemart
AC Cobra Ford 4.7L V8 289
19 MGB Le Mans 37  British Motor Corporation  Paddy Hopkirk
 Andrew Hedges
MG MGB Hardtop MG 1801cc S4 287
20 Alpine M63 Prototype

(example)

59  Société des Automobiles Alpine  Roger Masson
 Teodoro Zeccoli
Alpine M63B Renault-Gordini 284
21 Triumph Spitfire 50  Standard Triumph
International
 David Hobbs
 Rob Slotemaker
Triumph Spitfire Triumph 1147cc S4 272
22 Lotus Elite

(example)

43  Team Elite  Clive Hunt
 John Wagstaff
Lotus Elite Mk14 Coventry Climax 266
23

1966 Matra Djet 5S

(example)

52  Société Automobiles
René Bonnet
 Philippe Farjon
 Serge Lelong
Bonnet Aérodjet LM6 Renault-Gordini 260
24 Austin Healey Sebring Sprite

(example)

53  Donald Healey Motor Company  Clive Baker
 Bill Bradley
Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite BMC 1101cc S4 257
N/C* Still Looking 47  Société des Automobiles Alpine  Mauro Bianchi
 Jean Vinatier
Alpine M64 Renault-Gordini 230
DNF Porsche 904 GTS

(example)

30  Porsche System Engineering  Colin Davis
 Gerhard Mitter
Porsche 904/8 Porsche 1981cc F8 244
DSQ Aston Martin Project 214

(example)

18  M. Salmon
(private entrant)
 Mike Salmon
 Peter Sutcliffe
Aston Martin DP214 Aston Martin 3.8L S6 235
DNF

1966 Matra Djet 5S

(example)

48  Société Automobiles
René Bonnet
 Robert Bouharde
 Michel de Bourbon-Parma
Bonnet Aérodjet LM6 Renault-Gordini 216
DNF Still Looking 10  Ford Motor Company  Phil Hill
 Bruce McLaren
Ford GT40 Mk.I Prototype Ford 4.2L V8 192
DNF Jaguar E-Type Lightweight 16  P. Lindner
(private entrant)
 Peter Lindner
 Peter Nöcker
Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Jaguar 3.8L S6 149
DNF Triumph Spitfire 65  Standard Triumph
International
 Jean-François Piot
 Jean-Louis Marnat
Triumph Spitfire Triumph 1147cc S4 140
DNF Porsche 904 GTS

(example)

29  Porsche System Engineering  Edgar Barth
 Herbert Linge
Porsche 904/8 Porsche 1981cc F8 139
DNF Alpine M63 Prototype

(example)

54  Société des
Automobiles Alpine
 Philippe Vidal
 Henri Grandsire
Alpine A110 M64 Renault-Gordini 133
DSQ AC Cobra Coupe

(example)

6  Briggs S. Cunningham  Chris Amon
 Jochen Neerpasch
Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe Ford 4.7L V8 131
DNF Still Looking 45  Automobiles
Charles Deutsch
 Pierre Lelong
 Guy Verrier
CD 3 Panhard 848cc 124
DNF Sunbeam Tiger 2 9  Rootes Group  Peter Procter
 Jimmy Blumer
Sunbeam Tiger Ford 4.3L V8 118
DNF IXO; Ferrari 250 GTO; 1962 24h Le Mans 2nd; Noblet & Guichet; RN19

(example)

26  North American Racing Team
 
 Ed Hugus
 José Rosinski
Ferrari 250 GTO Ferrari 3.0L V12 110
DNF Maserati Tipo 151

(example)

2  Maserati France  André Simon
 Maurice Trintignant
Maserati Tipo 151/3 Maserati 4.9L V8 99
DNF Jaguar E-Type Lowdrag 17  P.J. Sargent
(private entrant)
 Peter Sargent
 Peter Lumsden
Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Jaguar 3.8L S6 80
DNF Still Looking 44  Automobiles
Charles Deutsch
 Alain Bertaut
 André Guilhaudin
CD 3 Panhard 848cc 77
DNF AC Cobra Coupe 3  AC Cars Ltd.  Jack Sears
 Peter Bolton
AC Cobra Coupé Ford 4.7L V8 77
DNF Ferrari 275P

(example)

21  SpA Ferrari SEFAC  Mike Parkes
 Ludovico Scarfiotti
Ferrari 275 P Ferrari 3.3L V12 71
DNF Ferrari 275P

(example)

22  SpA Ferrari SEFAC  Giancarlo Baghetti
 Umberto Maglioli
Ferrari 275 P Ferrari 3.3L V12 68
DNF Still Looking 11  Ford Motor Company  Richie Ginther
 Masten Gregory
Ford GT40 Mk.I Prototype Ford 4.2L V8 63
DNF

1966 Matra Djet 5S

(example)

56  Société Automobiles
René Bonnet
 Pierre Monneret
 Jean-Claude Rudaz
Bonnet Aérodjet LM6 Renault-Gordini 62
DNF Ferrari 330P

(example)

15  North American Racing Team
 
 Pedro Rodríguez
 Skip Hudson
Ferrari 330 P Ferrari 4.0L V12 58
DNF Still Looking 12  Ford Motor Company  Richard Attwood
 Jo Schlesser
Ford GT40 Mk.I Prototype Ford 4.2L V8 58
DNF

1966 Matra Djet 5S

(example)

55  Société Automobiles
René Bonnet
 Jean-Pierre Beltoise
 Gérard Laureau
Bonnet RB5 Renault-Gordini 54
DNF Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ1 40  Scuderia St. Ambroeus  Fernand Masoreo
 Jean Rolland
Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Alfa Romeo 1570cc S4 47
DNF

1966 Matra Djet 5S

(example)

60  Société Automobiles
René Bonnet
 Bruno Basini
 Roland Charrière
Bonnet Aérodjet LM6 Renault-Gordini 44
DNF Sunbeam Tiger 2 8  Rootes Group  Claude Dubois
 Keith Ballisat
Sunbeam Tiger Ford 4.3L V8 37
DNF Triumph Spitfire

(example)

49  Standard Triumph
International
 Michael Rothschild
 Bob Tullius
Triumph Spitfire Triumph 1147cc S4 23
DNF Deep-Sanderson BMC DS301 42  Lawrence Tune Engineering  Chris Lawrence
 Gordon Spice
Deep Sanderson 301 BMC 1293cc S4 13
DNF Lotus Elan 26R 38  Royal Elysées
(private entrant)
 René Richard
 Pierre Gelé
Lotus Elan Coventry Climax 7
DNF Ferrari 250 LM

(example)

58  North American Racing Team  David Piper
 Jochen Rindt
Ferrari 250 LM Ferrari 3.3L V12 0
DNS Porsche 904 GTS

(example)

36  J-C Mosnier
(private entrant)
 Jean-Claude Mosnier
 André de Cortanze
Porsche 904/4 GTS Porsche 1967cc F4 practice accident
DNS Alpine M63 Prototype

(example)

51  Société des
Automobiles Alpine
 Jacques Feret
 Pierre Orsini
Alpine A110 M63 Renault-Gordini practice accident
DNS Deep-Sanderson BMC DS301

(example)

66 (reserve)  Lawrence Tune Engineering  Chris Spender
 Eamonn Donnelly
Deep Sanderson 301 BMC 1293cc S4 practice accident
DNP AC Cobra Coupe

(example)

4  Shelby-American Inc.
 
 Ken Miles
 Bob Holbert
Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe Ford 4.7L V8 did not arrive
DNA AC Cobra Coupe

(example)

7  E. Hugus
(private entrant)
 Ed Hugus
 
Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe Ford 4.7L V8 did not arrive
DNA Rover-BRM Turbine

(example)

26  Owen Racing Organisation  Graham Hill
 Richie Ginther
Rover-BRM Rover Turbine withdrawn
DNA Still Looking 28  Automobili Turismo e Sport  Teodoro Zeccoli ATS 2500 GT ATS 2.5L V8 arrived too late held at Customs
DNA Austin Healey Sebring Sprite

(example)

61 (reserve)  Donald Healey Motor Company   Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite BMC 1101cc S4 did not practise
DNP Porsche 904 GTS

(example)

62 (reserve)  Racing Team Holland  Carel Godin de Beaufort
 Gerhard Mitter
Porsche 904/4 GTS Porsche 1967cc F4 did not practise
DNP AC Shelby Cobra

(example)

63 (reserve)  Société Chardonnet  Lloyd ‘Lucky’ Casner
 Jean Vincent
AC Cobra Ford 4.7L V8 did not practise
DNP Still Looking 67 (reserve)  R.J.Lutz
(private entrant)
 Roland Lutz
 Richard O’Steen
Elva Courier Mk4 MG 1798cc S4 did not practise

 


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