1965 24 Hours of Le Mans

 

The 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 33rd Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 19 and 20 June 1965. It was also the twelfth round of the World Sportscar Championship.

After the disappointing results of the previous year's race, Ford returned with an improved version of its GT. There were 11 Fords or Ford-engined cars in the field. To meet that challenge Ferrari had no fewer than 12 of their cars. Porsche dominated the medium-engined category with seven cars and Alpine-Renault likewise dominated the small-engine categories with six entries.

Despite a strong start, in the end the Fords’ unreliability let them down again and it was an easy victory for Ferrari for the sixth successive year. After the failure of the works team, the winners were Masten Gregory and Jochen Rindt in the North American Racing Team (NART) car – the first non-works team to win since Ecurie Ecosse in 1957. It was also the first international race victory for Goodyear tyres. Perhaps surprisingly given their domination of the race it would prove to be, to date, the last Ferrari victory at Le Mans.

In the year since the last race, plans had got underway to develop a permanent track. Charles Deutsch, erstwhile French car manufacturer, was the design consultant for the project that eventually became the Bugatti Circuit. After the dangerous accident in the previous year's race when a car had crashed into the busy pits, protective barriers were put in front of each pit, although the pit-lane itself was still exposed. Otherwise the only significant change was that the fuel tank on cars with an engine bigger than 5.0 litres was increased to 160 litres (35 gallons). There were slight tweaks to the calculation of the two Indices and the minimum engine size was set at 1000cc.

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 250 Le Mans 21  North American Racing Team  Masten Gregory
 Jochen Rindt
Ferrari 250 LM Ferrari 3.3L V12 348
2 Ferrari 250 Le Mans 26  P. Dumay
(private entrant)
 Pierre Dumay
 Gustave ‘Taf’ Gosselin
Ferrari 250 LM Ferrari 3.3L V12 343
3 Ferrari 275 GTB

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24  Ecurie Francorchamps  Willy Mairesse
 “Beurlys” (Jean Blaton)
Ferrari 275 GTB Ferrari 3.3L V12 340
4 Porsche 904 GTS

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32  Porsche System Engineering  Herbert Linge
 Peter Nöcker
Porsche 904/6 Porsche 1968cc F6 336
5 Porsche 904 GTS

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36  Porsche System Engineering  Gerhard ‘Gerd’ Koch
 Anton ‘Toni’ Fischhaber
Porsche 904/4 GTS Porsche 1968cc F4 325
6 Ferrari 250 LM 27  Scuderia Filipinetti  Dieter Spoerry
 Armand Boller
Ferrari 250 LM Ferrari 3.3L V12 324
7 Ferrari 330 P/2 18  North American Racing Team  Pedro Rodríguez
 Nino Vaccarella
Ferrari 365 P2 Spyder Ferrari 4.4L V12 320
8 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe

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11  AC Cars Ltd.  Jack Sears
 Dick Thompson
AC Cobra Daytona Coupé Ford 4.7L V8 304
9 Still Looking 3  Iso Grifo Prototipi Bizzarrini  Régis Fraissinet
 Jean de Mortemart
Iso Grifo A3C Chevrolet 5.4L V8 303
10 Rover BRM Gas Turbine 31  Owen Racing Organisation  Graham Hill
 Jackie Stewart
Rover-BRM Rover 1992cc Turbine 284
11 MG MGB 39  British Motor Corporation  Paddy Hopkirk
 Andrew Hedges
MG MGB Hardtop MG 1801cc S4 283
12 Austin Healy Le Mans Sprite 49  Donald Healey Motor Company  Paul Hawkins
 John Rhodes
Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite BMC 1293cc S4 278
13 Triumph Spitfire 60  Standard-Triumph Ltd.  Jean-Jacques Thuner
 Simo Lampinen
Triumph Spitfire Triumph 1147cc S4 274
14 Triumph Spitfire

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54  Standard-Triumph Ltd.  Claude Dubois
 Jean-François Piot
Triumph Spitfire Triumph 1147cc S4 263
DNF Ferrari 330 P/2

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20  SpA Ferrari SEFAC  Mike Parkes
 Jean Guichet
Ferrari 330 P2 Spyder Ferrari 4.0L V12 315
DNF Spark S4127; Austin Healey Sebring Sprite; 1961 24h Le Mans DNF; Sanderson & Mckay; RN46

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48  Donald Healey Motor Company  Rauno Aaltonen
 Clive Baker
Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite BMC 1293cc S4 256
DNF Ferrari 330 P/2

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19  SpA Ferrari SEFAC  John Surtees
 Ludovico Scarfiotti
Ferrari 330 P2 Spyder Ferrari 4.0L V12 225
DNF Porsche 904 GTS

(example)

37  A. Veuillet
(private entrant)
 Robert Buchet
 Ben Pon
Porsche 904/4 GTS Porsche 1968cc F4 224
DNF Still Looking 22  SpA Ferrari SEFAC  Lorenzo Bandini
 Giampiero Biscaldi
Ferrari 275 P2 Ferrari 3.3L V12 221
DNF Alfa Romeo Giulietta GTZ II

(example)

44  Equipe Grand Ducale
Luxembourgeoise
 Nicholas Koob
 Alain Finkelstein
Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 Alfa Romeo 1570cc S4 218
DNF Alfa Romeo Giulietta GTZ II

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41  Autodelta SpA  Roberto Bussinello
 Jean Rolland
Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 Alfa Romeo 1570cc S4 217
DNF Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe

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9  Shelby-American Inc.  Dan Gurney
 Jerry Grant
AC Cobra Daytona Coupé Ford 4.7L V8 204
DNF Porsche 904 GTS

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35  Porsche System Engineering  Günter Klass
 Dieter Glemser
Porsche 904/6 Porsche 1991cc F6 202
DNF Still Looking 47  Société Automobiles
Alpine
 Roger Delageneste
 Jean Vinatier
Alpine A110 M64 Renault-Gordini 1296cc S4 196
DNF Still Looking 55  Société Automobiles
Alpine
 Jacques Cheinisse
 Jean-Pierre Hanrioud
Alpine A110 GT4 Renault-Gordini 1108cc S4 196
DNF Still Looking 61  Société Automobiles
Alpine
 Robert Bouharde
 Pierre Monneret
Alpine A110 M63B Renault-Gordini 1002cc S4 187
DNF Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe

(example)

10  Shelby-American Inc.  Bob Johnson
 Tom Payne
AC Cobra Daytona Coupé Ford 4.7L V8 158
DSQ Still Looking 51  Société Automobiles
Alpine
 Roger Masson
 Guy Verrier
Alpine A110 M64 Renault-Gordini 1150cc S4 148
DNF Ferrari 250 Le Mans

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25  Ecurie Francorchamps  Gerhard Langlois van Ophem
 “Eldé” (Leon Dernier)
Ferrari 250 LM Ferrari 3.3L V12 146
DNF Porsche 904 GTS

(example)

38  J. Franc
(private entrant)
 “Franc” (Jacques Dewes)
 Jean Kerguen
Porsche 904/4 GTS Porsche 1968cc F4 130
DNF Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe 59  Scuderia Filipinetti  Peter Sutcliffe
 Peter Harper
AC Cobra Daytona Coupé Ford 4.7L V8 126
DNF Still Looking 50  Société Automobiles
Alpine
 Philippe Vidal
 Peter Revson
Alpine A110 M64 Renault-Gordini 1150cc S4 116
DNF Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe

(example)

12  Ford France S.A.  Jo Schlesser
 Allen Grant
AC Cobra Daytona Coupé Ford 4.7L V8 111
DNF Ferrari 365 P2 17  Maranello Concessionaires Ltd.  David Piper
 Jo Bonnier
Ferrari 365 P2 Ferrari 4.4L V12 101
DNF Ferrari 250 LM 23  Maranello Concessionaires Ltd.  Lucien Bianchi
 Mike Salmon
Ferrari 250 LM Ferrari 3.3L V12 99
DNF Still Looking 2  Shelby-American Inc.  Phil Hill
 Chris Amon
Ford GT40X Ford 7.0L V8 89
DNF Ford GT40

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14  Ford Advanced Vehicles  Sir John Whitmore
 Innes Ireland
Ford GT40 Ford 4.7L V8 72
DNF Triumph Spitfire

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52  Standard Triumph Ltd.  David Hobbs
 Rob Slotemaker
Triumph Spitfire Triumph 1147cc S4 71
DNF Still Looking 1  Shelby-American Inc.  Ken Miles
 Bruce McLaren
Ford GT40X Ford 7.0L V8 45
DNF Still Looking 46  Société Automobiles
Alpine
 Mauro Bianchi
 Henri Grandsire
Alpine M65 Renault-Gordini 1296cc S4 32
DNF Ford GT40

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6  Scuderia Filipinetti  Herbert Müller
 Ronnie Bucknum
Ford GT40 Ford 5.3L V8 29
DNF Ford GT40

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7  Rob Walker Racing Team  Bob Bondurant
 Umberto Maglioli
Ford GT40 Ford 4.7L V8 29
DNF Still Looking 30  Anglian Racing Developments
 
 Richard Wrottesley
 Tony Lanfranchi
Elva GT160 BMW 1991cc S4 29
DNF Alfa Romeo Giulietta GTZ II 42  Autodelta SpA  “Geki” (Giacomo Russi)
 Carlo Zuccoli
Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 Alfa Romeo 1570cc S4 22
DNF Porsche 904 GTS

(example)

33  Porsche System Engineering
 
 Colin Davis
 Gerhard Mitter
Porsche 904/8 Porsche 1985cc F8 20
DNF Porsche 904 GTS

(example)

62  C. Poirot
(private entrant)
 Christian Poirot
 Rolf Stommelen
Porsche 904/4 GTS Porsche 1968cc F4 13
DNF Still Looking 15  Ford France S.A.  Maurice Trintignant
 Guy Ligier
Ford GT40 Spyder Ford 4.7L V8 11
DNF Triumph Spitfire

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53  Standard Triumph Ltd.  Peter Bolton
 Bill Bradley
Triumph Spitfire Triumph 1147cc S4 6
DNF Still Looking 8  J. Simone
(private entrant)
 Jo Siffert
 Jochen Neerpasch
Maserati Tipo 65 Maserati 5.0L V8 3
DNF Ferrari Dino

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40  SpA Dino SEFAC  Giancarlo Baghetti
 Mario Casoni
Dino 166 P Ferrari 1593cc V6 2
DNF Alfa Romeo Giulietta GTZ II

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43  Autodelta SpA  Teodoro Zeccoli
 José Rosinski
Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ2 Alfa Romeo 1570cc S4 1
DNQ Still Looking 56  Abarth France  Claude Ballot-Léna
 Franck Ruata
Abarth 1000 SP Fiat 998cc S4 Did not qualify
DNA Still Looking 4  Iso Grifo Prototipi Bizzarrini  Pierre Noblet
 Edgar Berney
Iso Grifo A3C Chevrolet 5.4L V8 Did not arrive
DNA Still Looking 5  Iso Grifo Prototipi Bizzarrini  Silvio Moser
 Mario Cabral
Iso Grifo A3C Chevrolet 5.4L V8 Did not arrive
DNA Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe

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16  John Willment Automobiles  Frank Gardner
 Alan Rees
AC Cobra Daytona Coupé Ford 4.7L V8 Did not arrive
DNA Porsche 904 GTS

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34  Porsche System Engineering
 
Porsche 904/6 Porsche 1991cc F6 Did not arrive
DNA Still Looking 45  Société d’Etudes & Construction  Alain Bertaut
 André Guilhaudin
CD 3 Alfa Romeo 1570cc S4 Did not arrive
DNP Ferrari 275 GTB

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57  North American Racing Team
 
Ferrari 275 GTB Ferrari 3.3L V12 Not required
DNP Ferrari 250 Le Mans

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63  Ecurie Francorchamps
 
Ferrari 250 LM Ferrari 3.3L V12 Not required
DNP Porsche 904 GTS

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66  Scuderia Filipinetti  Dieter Spoerry
 Jacques Calderari
Porsche 904/4 GTS Porsche 1968cc F4 Not required
DNP Lotus Elan 26R

(example)

69  C. Laurent
(private entrant)
 Claude Laurent
 Pierre Gelé
Lotus Elan Lotus 1598cc S4 Not required

 


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