1967 24 Hours of Le Mans

 

The 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 35th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 10 and 11 June 1967. It was also the seventh round of the World Sportscar Championship.

Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt won the race after leading from the second hour, becoming the first (and, as of 2022, only) all-American victors - car, team and drivers - of the race. Ferrari were second and third, and these top-three cars all broke the 5000 km mark in total distance covered for the first time. All overall records were broken – fastest, furthest, a new lap record and biggest engine to win, along with a number of class records.

Once again there was a marked imbalance between the categories with only six Sports Cars and seven GTs versus the 41 Prototypes in the starting line-up. It brought together the best of the world’s racing drivers with 37 who had, or would, race in Formula 1. There were five World Champions and in the previous month, eleven drivers had raced in the Monaco Grand Prix and seven in the Indy 500.

Defending champions Ford, along with Porsche, had the biggest representation with ten cars. The new Ford GT40 Mark IV was an updated version of the Ford J-Car, which was shelved following the fatal accident of Ken Miles in August 1966[6] (The Mk III being a small-production road-car). The Mark IV had an all new chassis designed and built in the United States. The big-block 427 cu in (7-litre) Ford Galaxie-derived engine from the Mk.II was now pushing out 530 bhp. Four cars were ready for Le Mans: two for Shelby American who had the American pair of Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt in one car and defending champion Bruce McLaren with Mark Donohue in the other. The team had to fabricate a roof "bubble" to accommodate the helmet of Dan Gurney, who stood more than 190 cm (6 feet, 3 inches) tall. The other two went to Holman & Moody with its teams of Mario Andretti/Lucien Bianchi and Denny Hulme/Lloyd Ruby.

After the previous year's complete change in the CSI (Commission Sportive Internationale - the FIA’s regulatory body) – the FIA Appendix J – there were no significant changes or updates to the regulations.

In an effort to reduce the speed disparity between the classes, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) lifted its minimum average speed for qualification, from 160 km/h (99 mph) to 190 km/h (120 mph). They also now required all cars to qualify to be within 85% of the pole-position car’s average speed. There was also about a 2.5% increase to the minimum distances on the Index of Performance.

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 Ford GT40 MkIV 1  Ford Motor Company
 Shelby-American Inc.
 Dan Gurney
 A. J. Foyt
Ford Mk IV Ford 7.0L V8 388
2 Ferrari 330 P4 21  SpA Ferrari SEFAC
 
 Ludovico Scarfiotti
 Mike Parkes
Ferrari 330 P4 Ferrari 4.0L V12 384
3 Ferrari 330 P4 24  Equipe Nationale Belge
 
 Willy Mairesse
 “Beurlys” (Jean Blaton)
Ferrari 330 P4 Ferrari 4.0L V12 377
4 Ford GT40 MkIV 2  Ford Motor Company
 Shelby-American Inc.
 Bruce McLaren
 Mark Donohue
Ford Mk IV Ford 7.0L V8 359
5 Porsche 907

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41  Porsche System Engineering
 
 Jo Siffert
 Hans Herrmann
Porsche 907 langheck Porsche 1991cc F6 358
6 Porsche 910

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38  Porsche System Engineering
 
 Rolf Stommelen
 Jochen Neerpasch
Porsche 910 kurzheck Porsche 1991cc F6 351
7 Porsche 907

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37  Porsche System Engineering  Ben Pon
 Vic Elford
Porsche 906 Porsche 1991cc F6 327
8 Porsche 907

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66  C. Poirot
(private entrant)
 Christian Poirot
 Gerhard ‘Gerd’ Koch
Porsche 906 Porsche 1991cc F6 321
9 Renault Alpine A210 46  Société Automobiles
Alpine
 Henri Grandsire
 José Rosinski
Alpine A210 Renault-Gordini 1296cc S4 321
10 Renault Alpine A210

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49  Ecurie Savin-Calberson  André de Cortanze
 Alain LeGuellec
Alpine A210 Renault-Gordini 1296cc S4 318
11 Ferrari 275 GTB

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28  Scuderia Filipinetti  Dieter Spoerry
 Hans-Heinrich 'Rico' Steinemann
Ferrari 275 GTB Ferrari 3.3L V12 317
12 Renault Alpine A210

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48  Ecurie Savin-Calberson  Roger Delageneste
 Jacques Cheinisse
Alpine A210 Renault-Gordini 1296cc S4 311
13 Renault Alpine A210

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45  Société Automobiles
Alpine
 Mauro Bianchi
 Jean Vinatier
Alpine A210 Renault-Gordini 1470cc S4 311
14 Porsche 911

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42  Auguste Veuillet  Robert Buchet
 Herbert Linge
Porsche 911 S Porsche 1991cc F6 308
15 Austin Healy Le Mans Sprite

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51  Donald Healey Motor Company  Clive Baker
 Andrew Hedges
Austin-Healey Sprite Le Mans BMC 1293cc S4 289
N/C* 1962 Abarth Simca 1300

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64  Ecurie du Maine  Marcel Martin
 Jean Mesange
Abarth 1300 OT Fiat-Abarth 1289cc S4 262
DNF Ford GT40

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57  Ford Motor Company
 Shelby-American Inc.
 Ronnie Bucknum
 Paul Hawkins
Ford Mk IIB Ford 7.0L V8 271
DNF Ferrari 330-P4 19  SpA Ferrari SEFAC
 
 Günter Klass
 Peter Sutcliffe
Ferrari 330 P4 Ferrari 4.0L V12 246
DNF Chaparral 2F 7  Chaparral Cars Inc.  Phil Hill
 Mike Spence
Chaparral 2F Chevrolet 7.0L V8 225
DNF Renault Alpine A210

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47  Société Automobiles
Alpine
 Jean-Claude Andruet
 Robert Bouharde
Alpine A210 Renault-Gordini 1296cc S4 219
DNF Ferrari 412P 23  Maranello Concessionaires  Richard Attwood
 Piers Courage
Ferrari 412 P Ferrari 4.0L V12 208
DNF Renault Alpine A210

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56  Société Automobiles
Alpine
 Gérard Larrousse
 Patrick Depailler
Alpine A210 Renault-Gordini 1005cc S4 204
DNF Still Looking 55  North American Racing Team
 
 Jean-Luc Thérier
 François Chevalier
Alpine M64 Renault-Gordini 1005cc S4 201
DNF Ford GT40 MkIV 3  Ford Motor Company
 Holman & Moody
 Mario Andretti
 Lucien Bianchi
Ford Mk IV Ford 7.0L V8 188
DNF Ford GT40

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6  Ford Motor Company
 Ford France S.A.
 Jo Schlesser
 Guy Ligier
Ford Mk IIB Ford 7.0L V8 183
DNF Ford GT40

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5  Ford Motor Company
 Holman & Moody
 Roger McCluskey
 Frank Gardner
Ford Mk IIB Ford 7.0L V8 179
DNF Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport

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9  Dana Chevrolet Inc.  Bob Bondurant
 Dick Guldstrand
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Chevrolet 7.0L V8 167
DNF Matra 630

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29  Equipe Matra Sports  Jean-Pierre Beltoise
 Johnny Servoz-Gavin
Matra MS630 BRM 1998cc V8 155
DNF Ferrari 412P 25  North American Racing Team
 
 Pedro Rodríguez
 Giancarlo Baghetti
Ferrari 412 P Ferrari 4.0L V12 144
DSQ Porsche 911

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67  P. Boutin
(private entrant)
 Pierre Boutin
 Patrice Sanson
Porsche 911 S Porsche 1991cc F6 134
DNF Ford GT40

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16  Ford France S.A.  Pierre Dumay
 Henri Greder
Ford GT40 Ford 4.7L V8 129
DNF Porsche 911

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60  P. Farjon
(private entrant)
 Philippe Farjon
 André Wicky
Porsche 911 SF907 Porsche 1991cc F6 126
DNF Ford GT40

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18  Scuderia Filipinetti  Umberto Maglioli
 Mario Casoni
Ford GT40 Ford 4.7L V8 116
DNF Ferrari 330-P4 20  SpA Ferrari SEFAC  Chris Amon
 Nino Vaccarella
Ferrari 330 P4 Spyder Ferrari 4.0L V12 105
DNF Porsche 907

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40  Porsche System Engineering
 
 Gerhard Mitter
 Jochen Rindt
Porsche 907 langheck Porsche 1991cc F6 103
DNF Chaparral 2F 8  Chaparral Cars Inc.
 
 Bob Johnson
 Bruce Jennings
Chaparral 2F Chevrolet 7.0L V8 91
DNF Ferrari 330-P4 22  Scuderia Filipinetti  Jean Guichet
 Herbert Müller
Ferrari 412 P Ferrari 4.0L V12 88
DNF Ford GT40 MkIV 4  Ford Motor Company
 Holman & Moody
 Denny Hulme
 Lloyd Ruby
Ford Mk IV Ford 7.0L V8 86
DNF Porsche 910

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39  Porsche System Engineering
 
 Udo Schütz
 Joe Buzzetta
Porsche 910 langheck Porsche 1991cc F6 84
DNF Renault Alpine A210

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58  Société Automobiles
Alpine
 Philippe Vidal
 Leo Cella
Alpine A210 Renault-Gordini 1005cc S4 67
DNF Ford Mirage M1

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14  JW Automotive Engineering  David Piper
 Dick Thompson
Mirage M1 Ford 5.7L V8 59
DNF Ford Shelby Mustang 350GT 17  C. Dubois
(private entrant)
 Claude Dubois
 Chris Tuerlinckx
Ford-Shelby Mustang GT350 Ford 4.7L V8 58
DNF Lotus 47 (Europa) 44  Team Elite  David Preston
 John Wagstaff
Lotus Mk.47 Ford-Cosworth 1588cc S4 42
DNF Matra 630

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30  Equipe Matra Sports  Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
 Henri Pescarolo
Matra MS630 BRM 1998cc V8 35
DNF Still Looking 53  S.E.C. Automobiles CD  André Guilhaudin
 Alain Bertaut
CD SP66 Peugeot 1149cc S4 35
DNF Ferrari 365 P2/3

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26  North American Racing Team  Chuck Parsons
 Ricardo Rodríguez Cavazos
Ferrari 365 P2 Ferrari 4.4L V12 30
DNF Ford Mirage M1

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15  JW Automotive Engineering  Jacky Ickx
 Brian Muir
Mirage M1 Ford 5.7L V8 29
DNF Lola T70 12  Lola Racing
 Team Surtees
 Peter de Klerk
 Chris Irwin
Lola T70 Mk.III Aston Martin 5.0L V8 25
DNF Still Looking 52  S.E.C. Automobiles CD
 
 Dennis Dayan
 Claude Ballot-Léna
CD SP66 Peugeot 1149cc S4 25
DNF Ford GT40

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62  JW Automotive Engineering  Mike Salmon
 Brian Redman
Ford GT40 Ford 4.7L V8 20
DNF Costin Nathan 54  Roger Nathan Racing Ltd.  Roger Nathan
 Mike Beckwith
Costin Nathan GT Hillman 1.0L I4 15
DNF Mini Marcos GT 50  Marcos Racing Ltd.  Chris Lawrence
 Jem Marsh
Mini Marcos GT 2+2 BMC 1293cc S4 13
DNF Lola T70 11  Lola Racing
 Team Surtees
 John Surtees
 David Hobbs
Lola T70 Mk.III Aston Martin 5.0L V8 3
DNF Porsche 911

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43  J. Franc
(private entrant)
 “Franc” (Jacques Dewes)
 Anton ‘Toni’ Fischhaber
Porsche 911 S Porsche 1991cc F6 2
DNS Ferrari 275 GTB

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61  Equipe Nationale Belge  Gustave ‘Taf’ Gosselin
 Hughes de Fierlandt
Ferrari 275 GTB Ferrari 3.3L V12 Did not start
DNP Bizzarrini P536 10  Prototipi Bizzarrini  Edgar Berney
 Giancarlo Naddeo
Bizzarrini P538 GT Strada Chevrolet 5.4L V8 Failed scrutineering
DNA Ferrari 250 LM

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27  North American Racing Team  Pedro Rodríguez
 Giancarlo Baghetti
Ferrari 250 LM Ferrari 3.3L V12 Did not arrive
DNA Ferrari 206C

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31  Equipe Nationale Belge  Gustave ‘Taf’ Gosselin
 Hughes de Fierlandt
Dino 206 S Ferrari 1986cc V6 Withdrawn
DNA Ferrari 206C

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32  North American Racing Team  Charlie Kolb
 
Dino 206 S Ferrari 1986cc V6 Withdrawn
DNA Ferrari 206C

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33  SpA Ferrari SEFAC  Jonathon Williams
 
Dino 206 S Ferrari 1986cc V6 Withdrawn
DNA Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale

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34  Autodelta SpA  Andrea de Adamich
 Ignazio Giunti
T33 Alfa Romeo 1995cc V8 Withdrawn
DNA Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale

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35  Autodelta SpA
 
 Jean Guichet
 Roberto Bussinello
T33 Alfa Romeo 1995cc V8 Withdrawn
DNA Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale

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36  Autodelta SpA
 
 Teodoro Zeccoli
 Giovanni ‘Nanni’ Galli
T33 Alfa Romeo 1995cc V8 Withdrawn
DNA Mini Marcos GT

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59  Marcos Racing Ltd.
 
 Chris Lawrence
 Tim Lalonde
Mini Marcos GT 2+2 BMC 1293cc S4 Not required
DNA Still Looking 68  Jean-Claude Hrubon  Jean ‘Johnny’ Rives
 Jean-Louis Marnat
Hrubon Renault 1296xx S4 Did not qualify

 


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