IXO; Lorraine Dietrich B3-6; 1926 24h Le Mans 2nd; de Courcelles & Mongin; RN5

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Lorraine-Dietrich was a French automobile and aircraft engine manufacturer from 1896 until 1935, created when railway locomotive manufacturer Société Lorraine des Anciens Etablissements de Dietrich et Cie de Lunéville (known as De Dietrich et Cie, founded in 1884 by Jean de Dietrich) branched into the manufacture of automobiles. The Franco-Prussian War divided the company's manufacturing capacity, one plant in Niederbronn-les-Bains, Alsace, the other in Lunéville, Lorraine.

Their cars' performance was such in 1923, three tourers "put up a passable showing" at the first 24 Hours of Le Mans, leading to the creation for 1924 of the 15 Sport, with twin carburetion, larger valves, and Dewandre-Reprusseau servo-assisted four-wheel brakes (at a time when four-wheel brakes of any kind were a rarity); they ran second and third, and were comparable to the 3 litre Bentleys. The 15 CV Sport did better in 1925, winning Le Mans, followed home by a sister in third, while in 1926, Bloch and Rossignol won at an average 106 km/h (66 mph), leading a 1-2-3 sweep by Lorraines. Lorraine-Dietrich thus became the first marque to win Le Mans twice and the first to win in two consecutive years.

This diecast model by IXO was sourced in a job lot from Ebay in October 2014

 

 
IXO; Lorraine Dietrich B3-6; 1926 24h Le Mans 2nd; de Courcelles & Mongin; RN5
IXO; Lorraine Dietrich B3-6; 1926 24h Le Mans 2nd; de Courcelles & Mongin; RN5
IXO; Lorraine Dietrich B3-6; 1926 24h Le Mans 2nd; de Courcelles & Mongin; RN5
IXO; Lorraine Dietrich B3-6; 1926 24h Le Mans 2nd; de Courcelles & Mongin; RN5
IXO; Lorraine Dietrich B3-6; 1926 24h Le Mans 2nd; de Courcelles & Mongin; RN5
IXO; Lorraine Dietrich B3-6; 1926 24h Le Mans 2nd; de Courcelles & Mongin; RN5
IXO; Lorraine Dietrich B3-6; 1926 24h Le Mans 2nd; de Courcelles & Mongin; RN5    

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