The Le Mans Collection
LE MANS COLLECTION (1949-1959)

I have always been enthralled with Le Mans for as long as I can remember.The reasons why are hard to adequately put into words, but I shall try.

Le Mans has never been the most exciting race on the calendar, although it has had its moments. Le Mans is not the most glamerous race, set in the French countryside rather than in some jet set paradise such as Monoco. More often than not, it is not run in the best weather, but that to me is part of its allure. To me, the attraction of Le Mans is the ultimate struggle that takes place over a day. Man pressing the limits of his endurance, and the endurance of his machine. Le Mans is a race around the clock. In its 24 hours, drivers must face the ultimate of their ability to persevere in light and darkness, in faster and slower traffic while trying to maintain their pace, weather than can be both hot and then torrential rain.

Le Mans has not been the favorite of many top drivers. Some of the worlds best drivers have excelled here as they mastered the balance between speed and preserving their machine. Yes, the machine. Some of the greatest cars ever designed and built have raced at Le Mans to achieve the ultimate triumph and tribute to their ability to go fast and to endure. At Le Mans there has been great victory and just as often, bitter defeat.

Le Mans to me is a great epic human drama. It is where dreams are shattered, but when all goes right, it is where great dreams come true. Here is my collection of 1/43 scale model cars that have raced at Le Mans, some in victory, some in obscurity, in my book every one of them are winners.

To visit other parts of the Le Mans Collection, click on the era desired: 1923 - 1939, 1949 - 1959, 1960-1965, 1966-1969, 1970-1979, 1980-1989, 1990 - 1999, 2000 - current, and,

All the Le Mans Winners 1949-Present

Le Mans 1949

Entry: Ferrari 166 MM

Entrant: Lord Selsdon

Drivers: L Chinetti & L. Selsdon

Position: 1st - First Ferrari Le Mans Win

Laps: 235

Distance (miles): 1,974

Model by: Art Model

Entry: Aston Martin DB2 Prototype

Entrant: Arthur Jones

Drivers: A. Jones & N. Haines

Position: 7th overall - 3rd in Class

Model by: Spark

Entry: Aston Martin DB2 Prototype

Entrant: Aston Martin Lagonda

Drivers: L. Johnson & C. Brackenbury

Position: Classified 46th - DNF, water loss

Model by: Spark

Le Mans 1950

Entry: Talbot Lago T26GS

Entrant: Louis Rosier

Drivers: L. Rosier & J.L. Rosier

Position: 1st Overall - Fastest Lap

Laps: 256

Distance (miles): 2,153

Model by: Starter

Entry: Nash-Healey E

Entrant: Healey Motors Ltd.

Drivers: T. Rolt & D. Hamilton

Position: 4th Overall - 3rd in Class

Model by: Bizarre

Entry: Cadillac Type 61 Coupe de Ville

Entrant: B.S. Cunningham

Drivers: M. Collier & S. Collier

Position: 10th Overall - 2nd in Class

Model by: Vitesse

Entry: Cunningham-Cadillac 'Le Monstre'

Entrant: B.S. Cunningham

Drivers: B. Cunningham & P. Walthers

Position: 11th Overall - 3rd in Class

Model by: Bizarre

Entry: Jaguar XK120S

Entrant: Peter Clark

Drivers: P. Clark & N. Haines

Position: 12th Overall - 5th in Class

Model by: Spark

Entry: Bentley 4 1/2L Paulin

Entrant: H.S.F Hay

Drivers: H. Hay & H. Hunter

Position: 14th Overall - 7th in Class

Model by: Spark

Entry: Jaguar XK120S

Entrant: Leslie Johnson

Drivers: L. Johnson & B. Hadley

Position: 15th Overall - 7th in Class

Model by: Spark

Entry: Renault 4CV

Entrant: Just-Emile Vernet

Drivers: PJ.E. Vernet & R. Eckerlien

Position: 27th Overall - 3rd Class

Model by: IXO

Entry: Jaguar XK120S

Entrant: Peter Walker

Drivers: P. Whitehead & J. Marshall

Position: Classified 30th - DNF, clutch

Model by: Spark

Entry: Ferrari 195S Berlinetta Touring

Entrant: Luigi Chinetti

Drivers: R. Sommer & D. Serafini

Position: Classified 45th - DNF, electrical

Model by: Art Model

Le Mans 1951

Entry: Jaguar XK120-C (C-Type)

Entrant: Peter Walker/Jaguar Cars

Drivers: P.Walker & P. Whitehead

Position: 1st - Jaguar's first Le Mans win

Laps: 267

Distance (miles): 2,243

Model by: IXO

Entry: Aston Martin DB2 Vantage

Entrant: Aston Martin, Ltd.

Drivers: G. Abecassis & B. Shawe-Taylor

Position: 5th - 2nd in class

Model by Spark

Entry: Jaguar XK120

Entrant: Robert Lawrie

Drivers: R. Lawrie & I. Walker

Position: 11th - 6th in class

Model by Spark

Entry: Cunningham C2R

Entrant: B.S. Cunningham

Drivers: P. Walters & J. Fitch

Position: 18th - 1st in class

Model by Provence Moulage

Entry: Jaguar XK120-C (C-Type)

Entrant: Stirling Moss/Jaguar Cars

Drivers: S. Moss & J. Fairman

Position: Classified 43rd - DNF, oil pump - Fastest Lap

Model by IXO

Entry: Jaguar XK120-C (C-Type)

Entrant: Clemente Biondetti/Jaguar Cars

Drivers: C. Biondeti & L. Johnson

Position: Classified 49th - DNF, oil pump

Model by Brumm

Le Mans 1952

Entry: Mercedes Benz 300 SL W194

Entrant: Daimler Benz AG

Drivers: Herrmann Lang & Fritz Riess

Position: 1st Overall

Laps: 277

Distance (miles): 2,320

Model by: IXO

Entry: Mercedes Benz 300SL W194

Entrant: Daimler Benz AG

Drivers: T. Helfrich & H. Niedermayr

Position: 2nd Overall - 2nd in Class

Model by: IXO

Entry: Nash-Healey Le Mans

Entrant: Donald Healey

Drivers: L. Johnson & T. Wisdom

Position: 3rd Overall - 1st in Class

Model by: Bizarre

Entry: Lancia Aurelia B20 GT

Entrant: Scuderia Lancia

Drivers: F. Bonetto & E. Anselmi

Position: 8th Overall - 2nd in Class

Model by: Bizarre

Entry: Allard J2X

Entrant: Sidney Allard

Drivers: S. Allard & Z. Arkus-Duntov

Position: Classified 27th - DNF, brakes

Model by: Top Model

Entry: Cunningham C-4RK

Entrant: Briggs Cunningham

Drivers: P. Walters & D. Carter

Position: Classified 38th - DNF, engine

Model by: Bizarre

Entry: Cunningham C-4R

Entrant: Briggs Cunningham

Drivers: J. Fitch & G. Rice

Position: Classified 41st - DNF, engine

Model by: Top Model

Entry: Nash-Healey Le Mans

Entrant: Donald Healey

Drivers: P. Veyron & Y. Giraud-Cabantous

Position: Classified 50th - DNF, gearbox

Model by: Bizarre

Entry: Jaguar C-Type

Entrant: Jaguar Cars, Ltd.

Drivers: P. Walker & S. Moss

Position: Classified 53rd - DNF, engine

Model by: Provence Moulage

Le Mans 1953

Entry: Jaguar XK120-C (C-Type)

Entrant: Jaguar Cars Ltd.

Drivers: T. Rolt & D. Hamilton

Position: 1st

Laps: 304

Distance (miles): 2,540

Model by: AutoArt

Entry: Jaguar XK120-C (C-Type)

Entrant: Jaguar Cars Ltd.

Drivers: S. Moss & P. Walker

Position: 2nd Overall

Model by: Quartzo

Entry: Cunningham C5-R

Entrant: Briggs Cunningham

Drivers: P. Walters & J. Fitchr

Position: 3rd Overall

Model by: Bizarre

Entry: Jaguar XK120-C (C-Type)

Entrant: Jaguar Cars Ltd.

Drivers: P. Whitehead & I. Stewart

Position: 4th Overall

Model by: Brumm

Entry: Jaguar XK120-C (C-Type)

Entrant: Ecurie Francorchamps

Drivers: R. Laurent & C. de Tornaco

Position: 9th Overall

Model by: IXO

Entry: Austin Healey 100

Entrant: Donald Healey Motor Company

Drivers: M. Gastonides & J. Lockett

Position: 12th Overall

Model by: Spark

Entry: Austin Healey 100

Entrant: Donald Healey Motor Company

Drivers: M. Becquart & G. Wilkins

Position: 14th Overall

Model by: Spark

Entry: Lancia D20

Entrant: Scuderia Lancia

Drivers: M. Manzon & L. Chiron

Position: Classified 32nd - DNF, engine

Model by: Starline

Entry: Talbot Lago T26GS

Entrant: Automobiles Talbot-Darraq SA

Drivers: E. Bayol & L.Rosier

Position: Classified 48th Overall, DNF transmission

Model by: Top Model

Entry: Renault 4CV Vernet-Pairard

Entrant: RNU Renault

Drivers: Y. Lesur & A. Briat

Position: Classified 55th - DNF, engine

Model by: Elgior

Entry: Ferrari 340 MM Pinin Farina Coupé

Entrant: Scuderia Ferrari

Drivers: M. Hawthorne & N. Farina

Position: Classified 56th - DQ refueling

Model by: Art Model

Le Mans 1954

Entry: Ferrari 375 Plus

Entrant: Scuderia Ferrari

Drivers: J.F. Gonzalez & M. Trintignant

Position: 1st - Fastest Lap

Laps: 302

Distance (miles): 2,523

Model by: IXO

Entry: Jaguar D-Type

Entrant: Jaguar Cars ltd.

Drivers: D. Hamilton & T. Rolt

Position: 2nd Overall

Model by: Quartzo

Entry: Jaguar C-Type

Entrant: Ecurie Francorchamps.

Drivers: R. Laurent & J. Swaters

Position: 4th Overall

Model by: AutoArt

Entry: Bristol 450

Entrant: Bristol Aeroplane Co

Drivers: T. Wisdom & J. Fairman

Position: 8th Overall - 6th Class

Model by: Bizarre

Entry: Panhard X88

Entrant: Automobiles Panhard et Levassor

Drivers: R. Cotton & A. Beaulieux

Position: 17th Overall - 3rd Class

Model by: Bizarre

Entry: Ferrari 375 Plus

Entrant: Scuderia Ferrari

Drivers: R. Manzon & L. Rosier

Position: Classified 25th - DNF, gearbox

Model by: IXO

Entry: David Brown

Entrant: Aston Martin DB3S Coupe

Drivers: P. Bira & P. Collins

Position: Classified 28th - DNF, accident

Model by: Top Model

Entry: Jaguar D-Type

Entrant: Jaguar Cars Ltd.

Drivers: P. Whitehead & K. Whalen

Position: Classified 29th - DNF, gearbox

Model by: High Speed

Entry: Maserati A6GCS

Entrant: Officine Alfieri Maserati

Drivers: A. de Portago & C. Tomasip

Position: Classified 32nd - DNF, oil pressure

Model by: Top Model

Entry: Jaguar D-Type

Entrant: Jaguar Cars Ltd.

Drivers: S. Moss & P. Walker

Position: Classified 37th - DNF, brakes

Model by: Quartzo

Le Mans 1955

Entry: Jaguar D-Type

Entrant: Jaguar Cars Ltd.

Drivers: M. Hawthorn & I. Bueb

Position: 1st - Fastest Lap

Laps: 307

Distance (miles): 2,569

Model by: Quartzo

Entry: Jaguar D-Type

Entrant: Ecurie Francorchamps.

Drivers:J. Claes & J. Swaters

Model by: IXO

Entry: Porsche 550-1500RS

Entrant: Porsche KG

Drivers: D. Arcus-Duntov & A. Veuillet

Position: 13th - 1st in Class

Model by: Brumm

Entry: MG EX 182

Entrant: MG Cars

Drivers: K. Miles & J. Lockett

Position: 12th - 5th in Class

Model by: Bizarre

Entry: Triumph TR2

Entrant: Standard Triumph Ltd.

Drivers: K. Richardson & B. Hadley

Position: 15th - 6th in Class

Model by: Universal

Entry: Cunningham C6R Offy

Entrant: Briggs Cunningham

Drivers: B. Cunningham & S. Johnston

Position: Classified 23rd - DNF, piston

Model by: Bizarre

Entry: Jaguar D-Type

Entrant: Jaguar Cars, Ltd.

Drivers: T. Rolt & D. Hamilton

Position: Classified 24th - DNF, gearbox

Model by: SMTS

Entry: Mercedes Benz 300 SLR

Entrant: Daimler Benz AG

Drivers: J.M. Fangio & S. Moss

Position: Classified 28th - DNF, withdrawn

Model by: Minichamps

Entry: Ferrari 121 LM Scaglietti

Entrant: Scuderia Ferrari

Drivers: M. Trintignant & H. Shell

Position: Classified 31st - DNF, clutch

Model by: Top Model

Entry: Jaguar D-Type

Entrant: Jaguar Cars, Ltd.

Drivers: D. Beauman & N. Dewis

Position: Classified 32ndh - DNF, accident

Model by: SMTS

Entry: Aston Martin DB3S

Entrant: Aston Martin Ltd.

Drivers: R. Salvadori & P. Walker

Position: Classified 33rd - DNF, engine

Model by: Top Model

Entry: Ferrari 121 LM Scaglietti

Entrant: Scuderia Ferrari

Drivers: P. Hill & U. Maglioli

Position: Classified 42nd - DNF, clutch

Model by: Top Model

Entry: Jaguar D-Type

Entrant: Briggs Cunningham

Drivers: B. Spear & P. Walters

Position: Classified 48th - DNF, engine

Model by: IXO

Entry: Austin Healey 100S

Entrant: Lance Macklin

Drivers: L. Macklin & L. Leston

Position: Classified 54th - DNF, accident

Model by: Spark

Le Mans 1956

Entry: Jaguar D-Type

Entrant: Ecurie Ecosse

Drivers: R. Flockhart & N. Sanderson

Position: 1st

Laps: 300

Distance (miles): 2,507

Model by: IXO

Entry: Aston Martin DB3S

Entrant: Aston Martin Ltd.

Drivers: S. Moss & P. Collins

Position: 2nd Overall - 1st in Class

Model by: Pinko

Entry: Ferrari 625 LM

Entrant: Scuderia Ferrari

Drivers: O. Gendebien & M. Trintignant

Position: 3rd Overall - 2nd in Class

Model by: Art Model

Entry: Porsche 550A/4 RS Coupe

Entrant: Porsche KG

Drivers: R. von Frankenberg & W. von Trips

Position: 5th Overall - 1st in Class

Model by: Brumm

Entry: Jaguar D-Type

Entrant: Jaguar Cars Ltd.

Drivers: M. Hawtrhorn & I,. Bueb

Position: 6th Overall - 3rd in Class - Fastest Lap

Model by: Brumm

Entry: Jaguar D-Type

Entrant: Jaguar Cars Ltd.

Drivers: P. Frere & D. Titterington

Position: Classified 46th - DNF, accident

Model by: Brumm

Entry: Jaguar D-Type

Entrant: Jaguar Cars Ltd.

Drivers: J. Fairman & K. Wharton

Position: Classified 47th - DNF, accident

Model by: Brumm

Entry: Jaguar XK-140

Entrant: Robert Walshaw

Drivers: R. Walshaw & P. Bolton

Position: Not Classified - DQ, illegal refuel

Model by: Record

Le Mans 1957

Entry: Jaguar D-Type

Entrant: Ecurie Ecosse

Drivers: R. Flockhart & I. Bueb

Position: 1st

Laps: 327

Distance (miles): 2,732

Model by: IXO

Entry: Jaguar D-Type

Entrant: Ecurie Ecosse

Drivers: N. Sanderson & J. Lawrence

Position: 2nd Overall - 2nd in Class

Model by:Provence Moulage

Entry: Jaguar D-Type

Entrant: Equipe Los Amigos

Drivers: J.M. Brussin & J. Lucas

Position: 3rd Overall - 3rd in Class

Model by: Spark

Entry: Jaguar D-Type

Entrant: Equipe Nationale Belge

Drivers: P. Frere & F. Rouselle

Position: 4th Overall - 4th in Class

Model by: IXO

Entry: Jaguar D-Type

Entrant: J.D. Hamilton

Drivers: D. Hamilton & M. Gregory

Position: 6th Overall - 6th in Class

Model by: Spark

Entry: Lotus Eleven

Entrant: Lotus Engineering

Drivers: H. Mackay-Fraser & J. Chamberlin

Position: 9th Overall - 1st in Class

Model by: Grand Prix Models

Entry: Maserati A6GC S/53

Entrant: Georges Guyot

Drivers: G. Guyot & M. Parsy

Position: 12th Overall - 3rd in Class

Model by: M4 (modified)

Entry: Frazer Nash Sebring

Entrant: Automobiles Frazer Nash Ltd.

Drivers: D. Stoops & P. Jopp

Position: Classified 23rd - DNF, oil leak

Model by: Bizarre

Entry: Ferrari 500 TRC

Entrant: Fernand Tavano

Drivers: F. Tavano & J. Peron

Position: Classified 24th - DNF, engine

Model by: Art Model

Entry: Ferrari 335S

Entrant: Scuderia Ferrari

Drivers: M. Hawthorn & L. Musso

Position: Classified 44th - DNF, engine

Model by: Top Model

Entry: Maserati 450S Zagato Coupe

Entrant: Officine Alfieri Maserati

Drivers: S. Moss & H. Schell

Position: Classified 47th - DNF, transmission

Model by: LEO

Entry: Ferrari 335S

Entrant: Scuderia Ferrari

Drivers: P. Collins & P. Hill

Position: Classified 53rd - DNF, engine

Model by: Art Model

Le Mans 1958

Entry: Ferrari 250TR

Entrant: Scuderia Ferrari

Drivers: P. Hill & O. Gendebien

Position: 1st

Laps: 305

Distance (miles): 2,548

Model by: Starter

Entry: Aston Martin DB3S

Entrant: A.G. Whitehead

Drivers: G. Whitehead & P. Whitehead

Position: 2nd Overall - 2nd in Class

Model by: Gama

Entry: Porsche 718 RSK

Entrant: Porsche KG

Drivers: J. Behra & H. Herrmann

Position: 3rd Overall - 1st in Class

Model by: Metro

Entry: Porsche 718 RSK Spyder

Entrant: Porsche KG

Drivers: E. Barth & P. Fere

Position: 4th Overall - 1st in Class

Model by: Precision Miniatures

Entry: AC Ace LM Bristol

Entrant: AC Cars

Drivers: P. Bolton & R. Stoop

Position: 8th Overall - 2nd in Class

Model by: Pinko

Entry: Lister-Jaguar

Entrant: Bruce Halford

Drivers: B. Halford & B. Naylor

Position: 15th Overall - 5th in Class

Model by: Historic Sports Racing

Entry: Jaguar D-Type

Entrant: Maurice Charles

Drivers: M. Charles & J. Young

Position: Classified 47th - DNF, accident

Model by: Provence Moulage (modified)

Le Mans 1959

Entry: Aston Martin DBR1/300

Entrant: David Brown Racing

Drivers: C. Shelby & R. Salvadori

Position: 1st

Laps: 323

Distance (miles): 2,701

Model by: Western Models

Entry: Aston Martin DBR1/300

Entrant: David Brown Racing

Drivers: M. Trintignant & P. Frere

Position: 2nd Overall - 2nd in Class

Model by: Top Model

Entry: Lotus Elite (Mk 14)

Entrant: William Frost

Drivers:P. Lumsden & P. Riley

Position: 8th Overall - 1st in Class

Model by: SMTS

Entry: Lotus Elite (Mk 14)

Entrant: Border Reivers

Drivers:J. Whitmore & J. Clark

Position: 10th Overall - 2nd in Class

Model by: IXO

Entry: MGA Twin-Cam

Entrant: F.W.R. Lund

Drivers: T. Lund & C. Escott

Position: Classified 19th - DNF, gearbox

Model by: Bizarre

Entry: Aston Martin DBR1

Entrant: David Brown Racing

Drivers: S. Moss & J. Fairman

Position: Classified 35th - DNF, engine

Model by: IXO


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