Photo : DR - Archives ACO
This year marked the revival of the 24 hours after a decade of interruption due to World War II, and also the birth of Ferrari, who won at their first attempt in La Sarthe with the MM 166. Even today, it remains one of the most beautiful Ferrari ever built. After (brilliantly) representing Alfa Romeo competing in the 30's, Enzo Ferrari became a manufacturer under its own name in 1947. This first success in La Sarthe, barely two years after the birth of the Prancing Horse marque, was followed by eight more, up to 1965. During this period, Ferrari contributed greatly to the legend of Le Mans, and vice versa.
Year : 17th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans (25th 26th June 1949)
Number of cars entered : Two
Technical Information :
Two litre normally aspirated V12.
Drivers : Luigi Chinetti-Lord Selsdon (n°22) Jean Lucas-Robert Louis Dreyfus (n°23)
1st (Luigi Chinetti-Lord Selsdon)
Retirement (Jean Lucas-Robert Louis Dreyfus)
Notable facts : Third success in Le Mans for Luigi Chinetti, after those in 1932 and 1934 with Alfa Romeo.