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Le Mans (1923-1949)

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1/18 Scale model cars

This is the first group of 1/18 scale model cars from the Le Mans 24 Hours race, corresponding to the 1923 – 1949 period. The first edition of this race took place on May 26th – 27th 1923. There was no race in 1936 due to worker strikes, and 1940 to 1948 due to the WWII and the reconstruction of France. The race restarted in 1949, with uninterrupted yearly editions until today (87 editions in total up to the 2019 event).

I’m indicating the winning team for each edition. In many cases, especially during the early years, there are still no 1/18 scale reproductions of the winners (known to this author, at least), these are indicated in orange text. The models included in the Collection (winning cars or otherwise) are shown in black text, while 1/18 existing scale models, but not in the Collection are marked in grey text.

For the models included in the Collection, the links to their individual pages will be gradually updated over time.

For the “grey” group of models (existing, but not in the Collection), We are showing not only the winning cars, but all other existing models (known to the author as of the date of this post) from the period covered here, something not difficult as they are a handful. This cannot be done for more modern periods of the race, as there are simply too many models to track, so only the winning cars will be included.

I have done my best to provide accurate information, but in case you notice an error, or additional data that would be useful, don’t hesitate to send me a comment.

YearPosNum – Drivers / Car / Reference
19231#9 – André Lagache / René Léonard
Chenard & Walcker Sport 3-Litre
19241#8 – John Duff / Frank Clement
Bentley 3 Litre Sport
19251#5 – Gérard de Courcelles / André Rossignol
Lorraine-Dietrich B3-6
19261#6 – Robert Bloch / André Rossignol
Lorraine-Dietrich B3-6
19271#3 – Dudley Benjafield / Sammy Davis
Bentley 3 Litre Super Sport
19281#4 – Woolf Barnato / Bernard Rubin
Bentley 4½ Litre
3#8 – Henri Stoffel / André Rossignol
Chrysler 72 “Six”
Signature 18150
19291#1 – Woolf Barnato / Henry Birkin
Bentley Speed Six
19301#4 – Woolf Barnato / Glen Kidston
Bentley Speed Six
10#8 – Dudley Benjafield / Giulio Ramponi
Bentley Blower 4.5 Litre
Minichamps 100-139530
19311#16 – Earl Howe / Henry Birkin
Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
Spark 18LM31
19321#8 – Raymond Sommer / Luigi Chinetti
Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
Spark 18LM32
19331#11 – Raymond Sommer / Tazio Nuvolari
Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
19341#9 – Luigi Chinetti / Philippe Étancelin
Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
#11 – (team car)
Aston Martin MK II Le Mans
Signature 18121
19351#4 – Johnny Hindmarsh / Luis Fontés
Lagonda M45R Rapide
1936(no race)
19371#2 – Jean-Pierre Wimille / Robert Benoist
Bugatti Type 57G “Tank”
Spark 18LM37
10#27 – “Danniel” (Daniel Porthault) / Louis Rigal
Peugeot 302 Darl’Mat Roadster
Norev 184702
19381#15 – Eugène Chaboud / Jean Trémoulet
Delahaye 135 CS
16#19 – Raymond Sommers / Clemente Biondetti
Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring
CMC 111 (LE 3.000)
38#1 – René Dreyfus / Louis Chiron
Delayahe 145 V12
Minichamps 107-381161
19391#1 – Jean-Pierre Wimille / Pierre Veyron
Bugatti Type 57S “Tank”
Spark 18LM39
727 – Ralph Röese / Paul Heinemann
BMW 328 Roadster
AutoArt 83945
DNF#8 – Philippe de Masa / Norbert Jean Mahé
Talbot 150 C-SS Figoni
CMC 167 (LE 1.500)
1940(no race)
1941(no race)
1942(no race)
1943(no race)
1944(no race)
1945(no race)
1946(no race)
1947(no race)
1948(no race)
19491#22 – Luigi Chinetti / Peter Mitchell-Thomson
Ferrari 166 MM
6#6 – Jack “Zoltan” Hay / Tommy Wisdom
Bentley Embiricos
Minichamps 107-491396
LE = Limited Edition + units, CoA = Certificate of Authenticity
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