55 starters 18 classified finishers
At scrutineering the Lotus XXIIIs destined for Jim Clark (among others) were excluded on safety grounds. End of works Lotuses at Le Mans as Chapman swore he would never again set foot in the Sarthe. Ferrari's sixth win gave them the record for the number of Le Mans victories by a single manufacturer. In turn, Gendebien's fourth victory allowed him to take a well - deserved retirement as Le Mans recordman ahead of 3 time winners Barnato and Chinetti, now joined by Phil Hill. Eleven GTs finished in the first 13. Class wins for Ferrari and Porsche in a world championship from which the sports cars (rebaptised "Experimentals") had been excluded. Last overall win at Le Mans for a front - engined car. Satisfactory Le Mans come - back for Jaguar with private E - Types. Setback for the three 4 litre V8 Maserati coupes and for .the P 212 Aston Martin made up of the rear axle of a Lagonda and the over - bored version of the DB4 GT engine. The Charles Deutsch designed Panhard engined CDs won their duel against the Renault engined Rene Bonnets (cylinderheads by Amedee Gordini) of his former partner. Second victory for Lotus in the Thermal Efficiency Index. Spectator record beaten. Start given by Wilfrid Baumgartner, President of the C. S. I (International Sporting Commission) .
CIRCUIT: Unchanged: 13,461 kms.
55 cars 5 nations 19 makes France: 3 C. D. s, 3 Rene Bonnets. Germany: 3 Porsches.
Great Britain: 1 AC. , 3 Aston Martins, 1 Austin Healey, 3 Jaguars, 2 Lotuses, 1 Marcos, 1 Morgan, 2 Sunbeams, 1 Tojeiro, 1 T.V.R.
Italy: 2 Alfa Romeos, 15 Ferraris, 7 Fiat Abarths, 3 Maseratis, 2 Oscas.
United States of America : 1 Chevrolet Makes,firstappearance:
Drivers, first appearance:
The only one broken was the lap record with Phil Hill's 3'57"3, a speed of 204, 202 km/h being 1"4 faster than that of the late Mike Hawthorn in 1957! Gendebien and Hill failed to equal their 1961 distance by 25, 325 kms.
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