50 Favourite Le Mans Cars

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50 Favourite Le Mans Cars

Post by Jager » Tue Jul 31, 2012 11:43 am

I though this would make for an interesting thread !
After much arguing in the office, AUTOSPORT decided to take a vote to come up with our favourite – not necessarily best – Le Mans cars of all time. Here are the racers we picked :

http://lemanscars.autosport.com/
For anyone starting out collecting Le Mans cars who isn't necessarily focused on the winners, this list would be a good starting point for a small, highly focused collection of 50 cars. I thought it might be interesting if we all added pictures of cars from the list, starting at #50 and working down.

So, to kick things off does anyone have a picture of the Spark 1986 Jaguar XJR-6 #51, #52 or #53 (I have car #51, but can't get to it until the weekend) ? Feel free to add comments, discussions etc and debate the inclusions and exclusions from the list.
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Re: 50 Favourite Le Mans Cars

Post by jinx » Tue Jul 31, 2012 1:52 pm

#50 - Jaguar XJR-6 LM 1986

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Re: 50 Favourite Le Mans Cars

Post by lemans_mike » Tue Jul 31, 2012 5:48 pm

jinx wrote:#50 - Jaguar XJR-6 LM 1986
One of Sparks very few (albeit small) errors, which I am still trying to put right on mine.
On two of the cars the rear wing should read "Jaguar Jaguar" rather than
"Jaguar France". Also the scrutineering decals are missing, which can be
rectified a little easier. A car that brings back memories of skipping away
to Le Mans during my final exams at Uni.

Whats #49??

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Re: 50 Favourite Le Mans Cars

Post by Jager » Tue Jul 31, 2012 7:00 pm

lemans_mike wrote:Whats #49??
The 1949 Ferrari 166.
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Post by JSB33 » Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:47 am

Waiting for a chance to post #48 :D
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Post by stewil » Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:52 pm

Jager,
An interesting stroll through all those pics and memories.
Thanks for posting.
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Post by stewil » Wed Aug 01, 2012 11:52 pm

#49 is the 1949 Ferrari LM winner. Link:
http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/car/1406 ... hetta.html

This is the 1950 Ferrari 195S that DNF'ed with a 2.4 L engine vs. the 2.0 L of the 166, but with the same body and suspension etc.
Drivers Luigi Chinetti USA & Pierre-Louis Dreyfus France, Ferrari 195 S Barchetta , Ferrari 2.4L V12, 121 laps completed
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Post by jinx » Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:35 am

#48 - Ixo / Altaya Ferrari 312 PB Le Mans 1973

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#47 - Bizarre Dome Zero RL Le Mans 1979

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Post by JBRedondo » Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:29 am

Here's my #48- 1973 LM second finisher Ferrari 312PB,Merzario/Pace.
This is a Redline model.

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Re: 50 Favourite Le Mans Cars

Post by stewil » Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:46 am

#47 the Dome, love this one so some more pics. A very cool design IMHO.
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Some History:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dome_Zero

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mendaman/6379425691/
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Post by stewil » Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:40 am

# 46 The iconic Ferrari 250 SWB, this one by Bang
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and this one by Jouef with both engine and dash detail. A nice older model that still holds up well to later issues.
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Some History: http://www.supercars.net/cars/2075.html
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Post by stewil » Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:48 am

No. 44, the Aston Martin Project 215. I think this is a very rare model by SMTS.
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Some history:
http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/car/3296 ... DP215.html
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Post by JSB33 » Thu Aug 02, 2012 3:48 pm

#45 GT40 MKII by IXO
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Post by k1w1taxi » Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:13 pm

#43 Mirage GR8
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Post by Rat » Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:26 pm

1975 Mirage GR8 - Gulf Research Racing (GB) #11
24 Hours Le Mans - winner - 337 laps (191.482 kph)
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1980 Rondeau M379B #16 Jean Rondeau (F)
24Heures du Mans - Winner - 339 laps (191.899 kph)
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Post by JBRedondo » Fri Aug 03, 2012 3:02 am

Back to #45. Here are first 3 finishers and the fastest qualifier. All IXO

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Post by guitardave_1 » Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:12 am

I think we've made it to #42 one way or another, so here is an Audi R10. I don't have the 2006 car pictured on the top 50, but can do 2007 or this one from 2008.

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Post by stewil » Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:07 am

#41 is the pretty Lola T70, here are a couple.
The coupe and in the left foreground the open spyder version with the exposed engine and Webber carbs
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The Spyder
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Donohue/Parson's 1969 Daytona Winner
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Re: 50 Favourite Le Mans Cars

Post by k1w1taxi » Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:00 pm

#40 Porshe 911 (though I personally think that the way Autosport have listed this is a crock)
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1996 911 GT2

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Post by stewil » Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:02 pm

#40 A couple more of the 911's.

An RSR by Universal Hobbies.
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and a GT3R by Minichamps. Love that tooth'ed mouth that devours all before it. (in my dreams)
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Post by stewil » Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:09 pm

#39 The wonderful "looks right" 1951 Jaguar C Type, LeMans Winning #20, Walker/Whitehead by Top Model
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And by AutoArt
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Re: 50 Favourite Le Mans Cars

Post by stewil » Fri Aug 03, 2012 10:59 pm

#38 The 4.5 L Bentley
Here are a few by Top Marques
This one has extra detailing including the real screen of the rock catcher shielding the driver and passenger.
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My favorite and a "Holy Grail"
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Re: 50 Favourite Le Mans Cars

Post by DeadCanDanceR » Sat Aug 04, 2012 3:35 am

Those last Bentleys look stunning, Steve! :)
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Re: 50 Favourite Le Mans Cars

Post by JBRedondo » Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:56 am

Steve, what a wonderful Bentley collection!

Here's a 1930 LM Blower, driven by Benjafield/Ramponi,Minichamps model

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this is #37. This 1998 GT1 Porsche is the last great looking LM prototype, I think

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#35, Sauber C11 by Spark:

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