08 Jun The Porsches of Le Mans Classic 2014
The Porsches of Le Mans Classic 2014
Porsche and Le Mans. The two belong together like Bonny & Clyde, coffee & cigarettes, the Matrix Trilogy and garbage cans. It took until 1970 for Porsche to score their first Le Mans win with the indomitable Porsche 917, but when they did win, they did it so convincingly that the two names Porsche and Le Mans became almost synonoumus. Here are some of the cars that led Porsche along that road – cars which will race at this year’s Le Mans Classic.
Porsche 356 pre A. When Porsche first entered Le Mans in 1951 they finished 20th overall.
Porsche 356 A 1600 Speedster.
Porsche 356 A Carrera 1600 GT
In 1954 the Porsche factory team fielded four 550 Spyders and scored 12th and 14th overall.
In the early 1960s Porsche collaborated with Abarth and built the Porsche 356B Carrera GTL Abarth coupé, which raced at Le Mans.
The Porsche 904 GTS was produced in 1964 and 1965 and helped Porsche win a 4th overall victory at Le Mans.
Porsche 911 1965
The Porsche 907 was introduced at Le Mans 1967. It finished 5th, beaten only by Ford and Ferrari with their much bigger engines.
In 1970 Porsche entered a 914/6 GT in Le Mans. It finished 6th overall and won its class.
The Porsche 910 was built in 1966 and 1967.
At the 1966 Le Mans race, the Porsche 906 placed 4-5-6-7 behind three Ford GT40 Mk IIs, outlasting all of the previously dominant V12-engined Ferrari Ps.
Porsche 911 ST 2.3
In 1969 Le Mans was again won by a Ford GT40 in 1969. A Porsche 908/2 challenged for the win and came in a very close 2nd.
The Porsche 917 is the car that gave Porsche its first overall wins at Le Mans in 1970 and 1971.
The Kremer K3 version of the Porsche 935 won Le Mans in 1979, beating all prototypes, in heavy rain.
Porsche 911 RSR 3.0
From 1976 to 1981, the factory entered Porsche 936 won Le Mans three times.
I’ll be going to Le Mans Classic 2014 along with a group of Danish and British gear heads. You can read more about the plans here.