Le Mans 1966 to 1969

1966

1966 was the year of the famous Ford GT40 1-2-3 finish. Ford put out a promotional film to celebrate this win which shows some great race footage. The winning GT40 "Mark II" cars were in the Prototype class, because they were modified beyond the limits of the homologated GT40 "Mark I" cars in the Sport class. There were a few GT class cars, namely the Ferrari 275 GTB's. Porsche scored an "S" class win with the 906 carerra. More importantly, a privateer 911 ran in its first LeMans, as the lone car running in the 2.0 litre GT class.

Cars #1 thru #8 were semi-works Ford GT40 Mark II's, although the cars were run by three separate teams. Carrol Shelby entered cars #1 - #3, NASCAR powerhouse Holman & Moody entered #4-#6, and gave Mario Andretti his first crack at Le Mans. The British Alan Mann team ran #7 and #8. With this eight car assault, Ferrari was pounded into submission.

GT40 Diecast

While the theme of LeMans 1966 was the "yanks" beating up Ferrari, many of the current GT40 models are Italian. Bang puts out a series of mediocre cars, and there is also the obscure "OXA" brand which features opening doors and hood. I have never seen one of these up close, but I have heard they slightly better than Bang. Eagle's Race put out a few from the old Jouef molds, using the same model numbers. They're even worse than the Bang items. Interestingly, Bang produces all of these except car #4 (which was driven by a young Mark Donohue). A good GT40 is the mega-expensive handbuilt Jouef 1969 winner.

IXO has turned the 1:43 scale GT40 world upside-down with their products, which have some of the best paint application I've seen. Definitely on a par with Minichamps.

Ferrari entries

Ferrari's big hope for 1966 was the P3, but they had only two SEFAC (Works) cars plus a semi-works N.A.R.T. entry. (As the American team had won Le Mans the previous year, they presumably got "front of the line" privliges for the new P3) There was a big labor strike in Italy early in the year that caused delays in steel and components. They had planned to match Ford's eight-car lineup, but had to let their customers settle for last year's cars...

Scuderia Filipinetti - typically Swiss politics?

This classic Swiss team expressed "neutrality" and had a foot in both camps, running both a Ford GT40 and a Ferrari 365 P2.

1966 Le Mans Classes

Name

FIA Class

Description

Subclasses

P

Group 6

Prototypes (No homologation minimum)

Over 2 Litre (Unlimited)

2-litre

Under 1.3-litre

S

Group 4

Sportcars (50 unit homologation)

Over 2-litre

Under 2-litre

GT

Group 3

Production GT Cars (500 cars/year)

Le Mans 1966 (Part of the International Manufacturers Championship)

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Prototype Class (FIA Group 6) Over 2-liter
Shelby American Racing
1 Ford GT40 Mk. II
Bruce McLaren
Chris Amon
2
P+2.0
Bang
7081
      Jouef
3019
      Oxa
002
2 Ford GT40 Mk. II
Ken Miles
Denny Hulme
1
P+2.0
Bang
7080
      Jouef
3039
      Oxa
001  
DNF Ford GT40 Mk. II
Dan Gurney
Jerry Grant
3
P+2.0
Bang
7082
      Oxa
003
Holman & Moody Racing
DNFFord GT40 Mk. II
Paul Hawkins
Mark Donohue
4
P+2.0
Oxa
004
Ixo
LMC109
3Ford GT40 Mk. II
Ronnie Bucknum
Dick Hutcherson
5
P+2.0
Bang
7092
   Jouef
3040
   Oxa
005
DNFFord GT40 Mk. II
Mario Andretti
Lucien Bianchi
6
P+2.0
Ixo
LMC111
   Bang
7190
   Oxa
006
   Eagle's Race
1008
Ixo
LMC111
Alan Mann Racing
DNFFord GT40 Mk. II
Graham Hill
Brian Muir
7
P+2.0
Bang
7156
   Oxa
007
Ixo
LMC112
DNFFord GT40 Mk. II
John Whitmore
Frank Gardner
8
P+2.0
Bang
7093
   Oxa
008
DNFChaparral 2D
Phil Hill
Jo Bonnier
9
P+2.0
Minichamps
436 661409
DNFBizzarini GT Strada 530
Sam Posey
Massimo Natili
11
P+2.0
Spark
S0388 
DNF Ferrari 365 P2
Willy Mairesse
Herbert Müller
19
P+2.0
Best
9082
DNFFerrari 330 P3
Pedro Rodriguez
Richie Ginther
27
P +2.0
Red Line
RL158
Bang
7306
Brumm
R158
DNFFerrari 330 P3
Lorenzo Bandini
Jean Guichet
21
P +2.0
Red Line
RL157
DNFFerrari 330 P3
Ludovico Scarfiotti
Mike Parkes
20
P +2.0
Red Line
RL156
Sportscar Class (FIA Group 4) Under 2-litre
7Porsche 906/6
Günther Klass
Rolf Stommelen
58
S 2.0
Quartzo
QLM041
Prototype Class (FIA Group 6) Under 2-litre
4Porsche 906 L
Jo Siffert
Colin Davis
30
P 2.0
Ebbro
44135
5Porsche 906 L
Hans Herrmann
Herbert Linge
31
P 2.0
Ebbro
44136
6Porsche 906 L
Udo Schütz
Peter de Klerk
32
P 2.0
Ebbro
44137
DNFMatra 620
Jean-Pierre Beltoise
Johnny Servoz-Gavin
41
P 2.0
Bizarre
BZ128
DNFMatra 620
Jo Schlesser
Alan Rees
42
P 2.0
Bizarre
BZ129
DNFMatra 620
Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
Henri Pescarolo
43
P 2.0
Bizarre
BZ130
DNF Ferrari 206/S
Charlie Kolb
George Follmer
38
P 2.0
Art Model
082
Sportscar Class (FIA Group 4) Over 2-litre
DNF Ford GT40
Guy Ligier
Bob Grossman
15
S+2.0
Bang
456
   Box
8456 
DNF Ferrari 250 LM
Taf Gosselin
Eric de Keyn
28
S+2.0
Best
9094
Essex Wire Team
DNF Ford GT40
Skip Scott
Peter Revson
59
S+2.0
Bang
453
   Box
8453 
DNFFord GT40
Jochen Neerspasch
Jacky Ickx
60
S+2.0
Bang
7346
GT Class (FIA Group 3) Over 3-litre
8 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
Piers Courage
Roy Pike
29
GT+3.0
Best
9084
10 Ferrari 275 GTB/4
Pierre Noblet
Claude Dubois
57
GT+3.0
Best
9083
DNF Ferrari 275 GTB/4
Giampiero Biscaldi
Michel de Bourbon Parma
26
GT+3.0
Best
9102
GT Class (FIA Group 3) Under 2-litre
14 Porsche 911
"Franc"
Jean Kerguen
35
GT 2.0
Vitesse
332  

1967

Ford Mark IV

Ford showed up with the "Longtail" Ford Mark IV for 1967. While Foyt and Gurney won, Ferrari's were second and third. It wasn't the dominant formation 1-2-3 finish like the previous year, but at least two well-known American racers had won for Ford. Satisfied with outpacing Enzo, Edsel closed down the factory supported program but lent privateer support ot John Wyer.

The old Solido's come with markings for cars #1 red, #2 yellow, and #3 bronze, but color determines the proper decals to use. (Is there a #4 silver???)

Long list of class winners

1967 Le Mans Classes

Name

FIA Class

Description

Subclasses

P

Group 6

Prototypes (No homologation minimum)

Over 5 Liter (Unlimited)

5-litre

2-litre

1.6-litre

1.3-litre

1.15-litre

S

Group 4

Sportcars (50 unit homologation)

5-litre

2-litre

1.3-litre

GT

Group 3

Production GT Cars (500 cars/year)

Over 5-litre

5-litre

2-litre

Sportscar class

In this era, the "Sportscars" class was for vehicles with a minumum production run of 50. These cars were derived from a road-legal base, and had engines up to 5.0 litres. This minumum number would be reduced to 25 for 1969 and would yield completely unintended consequences.

Prototype class

Prototypes had no production minimum, and less design constraints

Le Mans 1967 (Part of the International Manufacturers Championship)

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Prototype Class (Over 5-liter)
1Ford GT40 Mark IV
Dan Gurney
A. J. Foyt
1
P +5.0
IXO
LMC004
   Solido
('Retro Le Mans')
2425
4Ford GT40 Mark IV
Bruce McLaren
Mark Donohue
2
P +5.0
IXO
LMC009
   Solido
('Retro Le Mans')
2426
DNFFord GT40 Mark IIB
Paul Hawkins
Ronnie Bucknum
57
P +5.0
Bang
7299
   Eagle's Race
1139
   Jouef
1139
DNFChaparral 2F
Phil Hill
Mike Spence
7
P +5.0
Minichamps
430 671407
DNFFord GT40 Mark IV
Lucien Bianchi
Mario Andretti
3
P +5.0
Solido
('Retro Le Mans')
2415
DNFFord GT40 Mark IIB 6

DNFFord GT40 Mark IIB 5

DNFChaparral 2F
Bruce Jennings
Bob Johnson
8
P +5.0
Minichamps
430 671408 
DNFFord GT40 Mark IV
Denny Hulme
Lloyd Ruby
4
P +5.0
IXO
LMC011
   Solido
('Retro Le Mans')
2416
   Solido
('Racing' Series)
1928
DNFMirage M1
David Piper
Richard Thompson
14
P +5.0
Bizarre
BZ296
DNFMirage M1
Jacky Ickx
Brian Muir
15
P +5.0
Bizarre
BZ295
DNFLola T70 Coupé
Chris Irwin
Peter de Klerk
12
P +5.0
Best
9247
   Spark
 
DNFLola T70 Coupé
John Surtees
David Hobbs
11
P +5.0
Spark
 
Prototype Class 5-liter
2Ferrari 330 P4 Coupé
Ludovico Scarfiotti
Mike Parkes
SpA Ferrari SEFAC
21
P 5.0
Bang
7098
Brumm
S029
3Ferrari 330 P4 Coupé
Willy Mairesse
"Jean Beurlys"
24
P 5.0
Bang
7118
Brumm
S030
DNFFerrari 330 P4 Coupé
Günther Klass
Peter Sutcliffe
SpA Ferrari SEFAC
19
P 5.0
Bang
7117
Brumm
S031
DNFFerrari 412P 23

 
DNFFerrari 412P
Pedro Rodriguez
Giancarlo Baghetti
25
P 5.0
Bang
7105
DNFFerrari 330 P4 Spyder
Chris Amon
Nino Vaccarella
20
P 5.0
Brumm
('Retro')
R160
   Bang
7139
   Hot Wheels
('Elite')
P9957
   Jouef
1030 
DNFFerrari 412P
Jean Guichet
Herbert Müller
22
P 5.0
Bang
7225
Brumm
R161
DNFFerrari 365 P2 26

 
Prototype Class 2.0-liter
5Porsche 907
Jo Siffert
Hans Herrmann
Porsche System Engineering
41
P 2.0
Ebbro
44300
6Porsche 910
Rolf Stommelen
Jochen Neerpasch
Porsche System Engineering
38
P 2.0
Spark
S3465
DNFMatra M630 BRM
Jean-Pierre Beltoise
Johnny Servoz-Gavin
29
P 2.0
Top Model
TMC236
DNFPorsche 907
Jochen Rindt
Gerhard Mitter
40
P 2.0
Schuco
450 362600
Ebbro
44299
DNFPorsche 910
Udo Schütz
Joe Buzzetta
Porsche System Engineering
39
P 2.0
Spark
S3466
DNFMatra M630 BRM
Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
Henri Pescarolo
30
P 2.0
Top Model
TMC237
Sportscar Class 2.0-liter
7Porsche 906 37

 
8Porsche 906 66

 
Prototype Class 1.3-liter
9Alpine A210 Renault
Henri Grandsire
José Rosinski
46
P 1.3
Top Model
TMC217 
10Alpine A210 Renault
André de Cortanze
Alain LeGuellec
49
P 1.3
Top Model
TMC218 
12Alpine A210 Renault
Roger Delageneste
Jacques Cheinisse
48
P 1.3
Top Model
TMC219 
15Austin-Healey Sprite 51

DNFAlpine A210 Renault 47

DNFMarcos Mini GT 50

GT Class 5.0-liter
11Ferrari 275 GTB4
Rico Steinemann
Dieter Spoerry
28
GT 5.0
Box
8452
Best
9413
DNFFord Shelby Mustang GT350 17

Prototype Class 1.6-liter
13Alpine A210 Renault 45

DNFLotus Europa 47 44

GT Class 2.0-liter
14Porsche 911S
Robert Buchet
Herbert Linge
42
GT 2.0
Vitesse
('Limited Edition')
L083A
DNFPorsche 911S
Pierre Boutin
Patrice Sanson
67
GT 2.0
Vitesse
('Limited Edition')
L101A 
DNFPorsche 911S
André Wicky
Philippe Farjon
60
GT 2.0
Vitesse
('Limited Edition')
L101B
DNFPorsche 911S
"Franc"
Toni Fischhaber
43
GT 2.0
Vitesse
('Limited Edition')
L083B
Sportscar Class 1.3-liter
16Abarth 1300OT 64

Prototype Class 1.15-liter
DNFAlpine A210 56

DNFAlpine M64 55

DNFAlpine A210 58

DNFCD SP66C 53

DNFCD SP66C 52

DNFCostin Nathan 54

Sportscar Class 5.0-liter
DNFFord GT40 16

DNFFord GT40 18

DNFFord GT40 62

GT Class Over 5.0-liter
DNFChevrolet Corvette 9

1968

JWA Gulf

JW Gulf's Mirage M1 was made obsolete by the 1968 rule changes, so they went back to running a homologated GT40 in the 5.0 litre Sportscar class.

...More on the JW Gulf team at 1967

Alfa Romeo

While Ferrari, Porsche and Ford are remembered as heavy hitters during this era, Alfa Romeo had a serious program with some beautiful cars. After the GT-classed TZ cars in 1964 and 1965, they built a "Tipo 33 2-litre" (T33/2) car for the "Sports-Prototype" class. This car was raced in 1967 and was greatly modified for 1968. Intrestingly, the 1968 revision is much better looking that its predecessor. This is unusual as cars generally start off looking great on paper, and then get hacked up during development by the addition of odd cooling or downforce bodywork changes. They even made an especially attractive longtail (coda lunga) version for Le Mans which was the accepted practice.

Le Mans 1968 (Part of the International Championship for Makes)

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Sportscar Class 5.0-liter
1Ford GT40
'Gulf'
Pedro Rodriguez
Lucien Bianchi
9
S 5.0
IXO
LMC025
   IXO
LM1968
   Bang
Limited Edition
1007
   Jouef
1004
7Ferrari 250LM
David Piper
Richard Attwood
21
S 5.0
IXO
LMC073
7Ferrari 250LM
David Piper
Richard Attwood
21
S 5.0
IXO
LMC073
   Altaya
DNFFerrari 250LM 20
S 5.0
Best
9206
DNFFerrari 250LM 14
S 5.0
Best
9294
DNFLola T70 Coupé
Jackie Epstein
Ed Nelson
6
S 5.0
Best
9196
DNF 12
S 5.0

DNFFord GT40
'Gulf'
Paul Hawkins
David Hobbs
10
S 5.0
IXO
LMC026
   Bang
7073
DNF 19
S 5.0

DNF 7
S 5.0

DNFFord GT40
'Gulf'
Jackie Oliver
Brian Muir
11
S 5.0
IXO
LMC027
   Bang
7072
DNFFord GT40
'SEV Marchal'
Willy Mairesse
"Jean Beurlys"
8
S 5.0
IXO
LMC053
Prototype Class 3.0-liter
2Porsche 907L
Rico Steinemann
Dieter Spoerry
66
P 3.0
Schuco
450362800
3Porsche 908
Jochen Neerpasch
Rolf Stommelen
33
P 3.0
Ebbro
44290
Schuco
450372100
8Alpine-Renault A220
André de Cortanze
Jean Vinatier
30
P 3.0
Solido
2405
   Solido
168
DNFMatra 630M
Henri Pescarolo
Johnny Servoz-Gavin
24
P 3.0
Top Model
TMC 279
DNFAlpine-Renault A220
Mauro Bianchi
Patrick Depailler
27
P 3.0
Solido
2406
DNF 29
P 3.0

DNF 35
P 3.0

DNFPorsche 908
Joe Buzzetta
Scooter Patrick
34
P 3.0
Ebbro
44291
DNFPorsche 908
Gerhard Mitter
Vic Elford
32
P 3.0
Ebbro
44289
DNF 67
P 3.0

DNFHowmet TX Continental
Ray Heppenstall
Richard Thompson
22
P 3.0
Bizarre
BZ049
DNFHowmet TX Continental
Hugh Dibley
Bob Tullius
23
P 3.0
Bizarre
BZ048
DNF 28
P 3.0

DNFPorsche 908
Jo Siffert
Hans Herrmann
31
P 3.0
Ebbro
44288
Schuco
450372200
DNF 25
P 3.0

Prototype Class 2.0-liter
4Alfa Romeo T33/2 Coda Lunga
Ignazio Giunti
Nanni Galli
39
P 2.0
Best
9254
5Alfa Romeo T33/2 Coda Lunga
Carlo Facetti
Spartaco Dini
38
P 2.0
Best
9252
6Alfa Romeo T33/2 Coda Lunga
Mario Casoni
Giampiero Biscaldi
40
P 2.0
Best
9255
9Alpine-Renault A210 57
P 2.0

16Fiat Dino 46
P 2.0

DNF 45
P 2.0

DNF 41
P 2.0

DNF 37
P 2.0

DNF 36
P 2.0

DNF 49
P 2.0

DNF 47
P 2.0

DNF 65
P 2.0

Prototype Class 1.3-liter
10Alpine-Renault A210 52
P 1.3

11Alpine-Renault A210 53
P 1.3

14Alpine-Renault A210 55
P 1.3

15Austin 50
P 1.3

DNF 56
P 1.3

DNF 54
P 1.3

GT Class 2.0-liter
12Porsche 911T
Jean-Pierre Gaban
Roger van der Schrick
43
GT 2.0
Vitesse
('Limited Edition')
L125
13Porsche 911T 64
GT 2.0
Vitesse
('Limited Edition')
L143A
DNFPorsche 911S
'BP'
44
GT 2.0
Vitesse
('Limited Edition')
L143B
DNFPorsche 911T
Willy Meier
Jean de Mortemart
60
GT 2.0
Vitesse
('Limited Edition')
L143C
GT Class 1.3-liter
N/CAlpine-Renault A110 61
GT 1.3

N/CAlpine-Renault A110 51
GT 1.3

Sportscar Class 2.0-liter
DNFPorsche Carerra 6 (906)
Christian Poirot
Pierre Maublanc
42
S 2.0
Verem
(Édition Limitée)
607
GT Class Over 2.0-liter
DNFChevrolet Corvette
Sylvain Garant
Jean-Michel Giorgi
4
GT +2.0
Vitesse
('Limited Edition')
L044B
DNF 17
GT +2.0

DNFChevrolet Corvette
Henri Greder
Umberto Maglioli
3
GT +2.0
Vitesse
('Limited Edition')
L044A
   Quartzo
QLM026

1969

1969 was the only year that the Ferrari Works team ran the 312P Coupé at Le Mans. The 5-litre 512S would be made in 1970 to battle the Porsche 917.

Porsche 908

The original Porsche 908 had a sleek coupé body. The crappy Solido 908 is the only remotely accurate model of this important car.
...More on the Porsche 908

Porsche 917

At LeMans, things started badly for the 917s. John Woolfe, driving his private entry 917, crashed on the first lap and was killed. Things got better, though, and for 20 hours Vic Elford and Richard Attwood led the race, amassing a 6-lap margin, but by the 21 hour mark their 917 was on the way to the dead car park with a leaking gearbox and a failed clutch. That set the stage for the most dramatic finish in LeMans history. A 908, driven by Hans Herrmann, raced virtually wheel-to-wheel for the last three hours with the JW Ford GT40 of Jacky Ickx. At the end, the 908 was just one second behind the Ford. The 917 had clearly established Porsche as the new giant of endurance racing.

Development continued nonstop. Two months later, in Austria, the 917 scored its first win, and the stage was set for total conquest in 1970.
...More on the creation of the Porsche 917

Le Mans 1969 (Part of the International Championship for Makes)

Place

Car
Sponsor

Car # Class

Model

Ref. #

Image

Sportscars Class (FIA Group 4)
1Ford GT40
'Gulf'
Jacky Ickx
Jackie Oliver
High detail with opening doors and panels
6
S
Jouef
('Evolution')
3006
Ixo
(Le Mans Winners)
LM1969
Bang
7074
3Ford GT40
'Gulf'
David Hobbs
Mike Hailwood
7
S
Bang
7312
Eagle's Race
1040
6Ford GT40
'Deutche Auto Zeitung'
Helmut Kelleners
Reinhold Jöst
68
S
Bang
7157
8Ferrari 250LM
Teodoro Zeccoli
Sam Posey
Ricardo Rodriguez
17
S 5.0
Best
9377
DNFPorsche 917L
Vic Elford
Richard Attwood
12
S
Ebbro
43749
      Eligor
1198
DNFPorsche 917L
Rolf Stommelen
Kurt Ahrens
14
S
Ebbro
43750
      Eligor
1199
DNFLola T70 Mk.IIIB2
DNFFord GT408
DNFFord GT409
DNFPorsche 917L
John Woolfe
Herbert Linge
(1st lap fatality at Maison Blanche)
10
S
Ebbro
43742
TestPorsche 917L
Herbert Linge
Brian Redman
Rudi Lins
15
S 5.0
Ebbro
43751
Sport-Prototypes Class (FIA Group 6)
2Porsche 908L
Hans Herrmann
Gérard Larrousse
64
SP
Minichamps
400696864
Solido
(2013 re-issue)
421434030
Ebbro
43740
Solido
('100' series)
174
4Matra MS630
Jean-Pierre Beltoise
Piers Courage
33
SP
Bizarre
BZ122
5Matra MS650
Jean Guichet
Nino Vaccarella
32
SP
Bizarre
BZ320
7Matra MS650
Nanni Galli
Robin Widdows
35
SP
Bizarre
BZ123
DNFPorsche 908L
Udo Schütz
Gerhard Mitter
23
SP
Ebbro
43741
DNFAlfa Romeo T33/2.5
Teddy Pilette
Rob Slotemaker
36
P 3.0
Best
9351
DNFMatra MS650
Johnny Servoz-Gavin
Herbert Müller
34
SP
Bizarre
BZ124
DNFFerrari 312P Coupé
Pedro Rodriguez
David Piper
18
P 3.0
Best
9143
DNFFerrari 312P Coupé
Chris Amon
Peter Schetty
19
P 3.0
Best
9152
Sport-Prototypes Class (FIA Group 6) - 2.0 Liter
DNFAlfa Romeo T33/2
Claude Bourgoignie
Gustave Gosselin
38
P 2.0
Best
9248
GT Class (FIA Group 3)
DNFChevrolet Corvette
Henri Greder
Umberto Maglioli
1
GT
Vitesse
Limited Edition
L044C

Le Mans Test Days

TestMatra MS640 (Test Coupe) 32
SP
Bizarre
BZ135