1952 24 Hours of Le Mans

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1952 24 Hours of Le Mans
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The 1952 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 20th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 14–15 June 1952 at Circuit de la Sarthe.

Less than a decade after World War II, Mercedes-Benz scored a 1–2 victory with their Mercedes-Benz 300SL (Type W194) which was equipped with a 3.0L I6 engine that had less power than the road car sold two years later.

This race was notable in that Pierre Levegh attempted to drive the entire 24 Hours by himself – and almost won. Exhausted in the 24th hour, he missed a downshift in his Talbot-Lago and over-revved the engine, breaking a connecting rod. Antonio Lago carried a piece of the broken rod with him for several years thereafter as a keepsake.


Official results[edit]

Le Mans in 1952
Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
1 S
3.0
21 Germany Daimler-Benz A.G. Germany Hermann Lang
Germany Fritz Riess
Mercedes-Benz 300SL (W194) Mercedes-Benz 3.0L I6 277
2 S
3.0
20 Germany Daimler-Benz A.G. Germany Theo Helfrich
Germany Helmut Niedermayr
Mercedes-Benz 300SL (W194) Mercedes-Benz 3.0L I6 276
3 S
5.0
10 United Kingdom Donald Healey United Kingdom Leslie Johnson
United Kingdom Tommy Wisdom
Nash-Healey 4 Litre Nash 4.1L I6 262
4 S
8.0
1 United States Briggs Cunningham United States Briggs Cunningham
United States William Spear
Cunningham C4-R Chrysler 5.5L V8 252
5 S
5.0
14 United States Luigi Chinetti France André Simon
France Lucien Vincent
Ferrari 340 America Berlinette Ferrari 4.1L V12 250
6 S
2.0
39 Italy Scuderia Lancia Italy Luigi Valenzano
Italy Umberto Castiglioni
Lancia Aurelia B.20 Lancia 2.0L V6 248
7 S
3.0
32 United Kingdom Peter C.T. Clark United Kingdom Peter Clark
United Kingdom Mike Keen
Aston Martin DB2 Aston Martin 2.6L I6 248
8 S
2.0
40 Italy Scuderia Lancia Italy Felice Bonetto
Italy Enrico Anselmi
Lancia Aurelia B.20 Lancia 2.0L V6 247
9 S
S/C
6 France André Chambas France André Morel
France André Chambas
Talbot-Lago T26 GS Comp. Talbot-Lago 4.5L Supercharged I6 235
10 S
2.0
42 United Kingdom M.P. Trevelyan United Kingdom Rodney F. Peacock
United Kingdom Gerry A. Ruddock
Frazer Nash Le Mans Mk.II Bristol 2.0L I6 225
11 S
1.1
50 Germany Porsche KG France Auguste Veuillet
France Edmond Mouche
Porsche 356/4 Porsche 1.1L Flat-4 220
12 S
1.1
52 France Automobiles Panhard et Levassor France Charles Plantivaux
France Robert Chancel
Panhard Dyna X86 Coupe Panhard 0.9L Flat-2 217
13 S
1.5
45 France Marcel Becquart France Marcel Becquart
United Kingdom Gordon Wilkins
Jowett Jupiter R1 Jowett 1.5L Flat-4 210
14 S
750
60 France Ets. Monopole France Jean Hémard
France Eugène Dossous
Monopole X84 Panhard 0.6L Flat-2 208
15 S
750
68 France Renault France Ernest de Regibus
France Marius Porta
Renault 4CV Renault 0.7L I4 195
16 S
750
61 France Raymond Gaillard France Raymond Gaillard
France Pierre Chancel
Panhard Dyna X84 Sport Panhard 0.6L Flat-2 186
17 S
750
67 France Renault France Jean Redélé
France Guy Lapchin
Renault 4CV Renault 0.7L I4 178

Did Not Finish[edit]

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Engine Laps
18 S
5.0
8 France Pierre Levegh France Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago T26 GS Spider Talbot-Lago 4.5L I6
19 S
3.0
25 United Kingdom Aston Martin Ltd. United Kingdom Lance Macklin
United Kingdom Peter Collins
Aston Martin DB3 Spyder Aston Martin 2.6L I6
20 S
5.0
65 France Eugène Chaboud France Eugène Chaboud
France Charles Pozzi
Talbot-Lago T26 Talbot-Lago 4.5L I6
21 S
1.5
48 Italy Automobili O.S.C.A. Italy Dr. Mario Damonte
Italy "Martial"
O.S.C.A. MT-4 1300 Coupe Vignale O.S.C.A. 1.3L I4
22 S
2.0
41 United Kingdom Automobiles Frazer Nash Ltd. United Kingdom Richard Stoop
United Kingdom Peter Wilson
Frazer Nash Mille Miglia Bristol 2.0L I6
23 S
1.5
47 France Auguste Lachaize France Eugène Martin
France Auguste Lachaize
Porsche 356/4 Porsche 1.5L Flat-4
24 S
1.5
46 United Kingdom Jowett Cars Ltd. United Kingdom Bert Hadley
United Kingdom Tommy Wise
Jowett Jupiter R1 Jowett 1.5L Flat-4
25 S
750
56 France Just-Emile Vernet France Just-Emile Vernet
France Jean Pairard
Renault 4CV Renault 0.7L I4
26 S
3.0
31 United Kingdom N.H. Mann United Kingdom Nigel Mann
United Kingdom Mortimer Morris-Goodall
Aston Martin DB2 Aston Martin 2.6L I6
27 S
8.0
5 United Kingdom S.H. Allard United States Frank G. Curtis
United States Zora Arkus-Duntov
Allard J2X Cadillac 5.4L V8
28 S
8.0
4 United Kingdom S.H. Allard United Kingdom Sydney Allard
United Kingdom Jack Fairman
Allard J2X Cadillac 5.4L V8
29 S
S/C
43 France Alexandre Constantin France Alexandre Constantin
France Jacques Poch
Constantin C Peugeot 1.3L Supercharged I4
30 S
5.0
12 United States Luigi Chinetti United States Luigi Chinetti
France Jean Lucas
Ferrari 340 America B Ferrari 4.1L V12
31 S
3.0
34 France Automobiles Gordini France Jean Behra
France Robert Manzon
Gordini T15S Gordini 2.3L I6
32 S
5.0
9 France Pierre Meyrat France Pierre Meyrat
France Guy Mairesse
Talbot-Lago T26 GS Talbot-Lago 4.5L I6
33 S
3.0
33 United States Charles Moran United States Charles Moran
Italy Franco Cornacchia
Ferrari 212MM Coupe Ferrari 2.6L V12
34 S
750
59 France Automobiles Panhard et Levassor France Jacques Savoye
France Raymond Lienard
Panhard Dyna X84 Spot Panhard 0.6L Flat-2
35 S
3.0
30 Italy Scuderia Ferrari France Pierre Boncompagni
United States Tom Cole Jr.
Ferrari 225S Berlinetta Ferrari 2.7L V12
36 S
1.5
64 Netherlands Maurice Gatsonides Netherlands Maurice Gatsonides
Netherlands Hugo van Zuylen Nijeveldt
Jowett Jupiter R1 Jowett 1.5L Flat-4
37 S
3.0
22 Germany Daimler-Benz A.G. Germany Karl Kling
Germany Hans Klenk
Mercedes-Benz 300SL (W194) Mercedes-Benz 3.0L I6
38 S
8.0
2 United States Briggs Cunningham United States Phil Walters
United States Duane Carter
Cunningham C4-RK Coupe Chrysler 5.5L V8
39 S
750
54 France Renault France Louis Pons
France Paul Moser
Renault 4CV Renault 0.7L I4
40 S
1.1
51 Germany Porsche KG Germany Huschke von Hanstein
Germany Petermax Müller
Porsche 356/4 Porsche 1.1L Flat-4
41 S
8.0
3 United States Briggs Cunningham United States John Fitch
United States George Rice
Cunningham C4-R Chrysler 5.5L V8
42 S
5.0
15 France Ecurie Rosier France Louis Rosier
France Maurice Trintignant
Ferrari 340 America Spyder Ferrari 4.1L V12
43 S
750
58 France Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet France Jean-Paul Colas
France Robert Schollmann
DB Coupe Panhard 0.7L Flat-2
44 S
1.5
44 France Automobiles Gordini France Roger Loyer
France Charles de Clareur
Gordini T15S Gordini 1.5L I4
45 S
5.0
16 United States Luigi Chinetti France Pierre-Louis Dreyfus
France René Dreyfus
Ferrari 340 America Barchetta Ferrari 4.1L V12
46 S
5.0
18 United Kingdom Jaguar Ltd. United Kingdom Tony Rolt
United Kingdom Duncan Hamilton
Jaguar C-Type Jaguar 3.5L I6
47 S
750
57 France Automobiles Deutsch et Bonnet France René Bonnet
France Élie Bayol
DB Panhard 0.7L Flat-2
48 S
3.0
26 United Kingdom Aston Martin Ltd. United Kingdom Dennis Poore
United Kingdom Pat Griffith
Aston Martin DB3 Spyder Aston Martin 2.6L I6
49 S
3.0
35 United Kingdom Robert Lawrie United Kingdom Robert Lawrie
United Kingdom John Isherwood
Morgan Plus-4 Standard 2.1L I4
50 S
5.0
11 United Kingdom Donald Healey France Pierre Veyron
France Yves Giraud-Cabantous
Nash-Healey Nash 4.1L I6
51 S
750
53 France Renault France Yves Lesur
France André Briat
Renault 4CV Renault 0.7L I4
52 S
3.0
62 Italy Scuderia Ferrari Italy Alberto Ascari
Italy Luigi Villoresi
Ferrari 250S Berlinetta Ferrari 3.0L V12
53 S
5.0
17 United Kingdom Jaguar Ltd. United Kingdom Stirling Moss
United Kingdom Peter Walker
Jaguar C-Type Jaguar 3.5L I6
54 S
5.0
19 United Kingdom Jaguar Ltd. United Kingdom Peter Whitehead
United Kingdom Ian Stewart
Jaguar C-Type Jaguar 3.5L I6
55 S
750
55 France Jacques Lecat France Jacques Lecat
France Henri Senfftleben
Renault 4CV Renault 0.7L I4
56 S
3.0
27 United Kingdom Aston Martin Ltd. United Kingdom Reg Parnell
United Kingdom Eric Thompson
Aston Martin DB3 Coupe Aston Martin 2.6L I6
57 S
1.1
49 France Norbert Jean Mahé France Jose Scaron
France Norbert Jean Mahé
Simca-Gordini TMM Gordini 1.1L I4

Statistics[edit]

  • Fastest Lap – #62 Scuderia Ferrari – 4:40.5
  • Distance – 3733.8 km
  • Average Speed – 155.575 km/h

Trophy Winners[edit]

  • 18th Biennial Cup – #60 Ets. Monopole
  • Index of Performance – #60 Ets. Monopole