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Top 7 Most Beautiful Le Mans Race Cars Of All Time

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7. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR

Named the 300 SL, the first racing Mercedes-Benz racing car was built for the 1952 sports car racing scene. Raced by Sir Sterling Moss. It was actually not new at all, as it used the running gear and suspension of the top of the range '300' luxury sedan. Despite the 300 SL production car roots, the beautiful car was immediately successfully winning the 1952 editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Carrera PanAmericana. The 300 SL was retired from racing and further developed into the legendary 'Gullwing' road car.

Power: 231.2 kw / 310 bhp @ 7400 rpm

specific output 103.96 bhp per litre

bhp/weight 344.44 bhp per tonne

torque 317 nm / 233.8 ft lbs @ 5950 rpm

6. Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato

The DB4 GT Zagato was easily one of the most beautiful and exciting British sports cars. Its body built by Zagato of Milan. It was primarily sold to private race teams, but at least 4 of the 19 cars were built as road cars. Losing to the Italians motivated Aston Martin to take the DB4 to the next level. The DB4 Zagato raced on the track at many important races alongside cars such as the Ferrari GTO. Sadly, due to low rigidity and over steer, it was still beaten by the Ferraris. But, the car was originally developed as a road car. Even so, the DB4 Zagato is one of the most desirable Aston Martins

Engine: Aluminum, Twin Spark, Inline-6

power 234.2 kw / 314.1 bhp @ 6000 rpm

specific output 85.59 bhp per litre

bhp/weight 256.41 bhp per tonne

torque 376.92 nm / 278.0 ft lbs @ 5400 rpm

redline 6500

body / frame Aluminum Alloy over Steel & Aluminum Chassis

5. Jaguar D-Type

Jaguar D-Type

Jaguar D-Type

The Jaguar D-Type is one of the most noteworthy race cars ever devised, no doubt about that.. The D-Types won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1955, 1956, and 1957. And Jag also used the monocoque chassis design for the race car as well. And with the beautiful bodywork pulled taught over the wheels, engine, and passenger compartment, the D-Type is one of the most stunning, race cars and cars in the world. Don't forget the fin also!

Engine type: 3,781 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine

Output 300 HP

Transmission Four-speed manual

Top Speed 160 MPH

0 to 60 mph 5.7 seconds

4. Aston Martin DBR1

Aston Martin DBR1

Aston Martin DBR1

Now this absolute legendary car is a beautiful one. Raced by the one and the only Legend, Carroll Shelby! It is one of the most famous race cars in the world, at a whopping $22.6 Million it becomes the most expensive British car ever! The Aston Martin DBR1 was a sports racing car built by Aston Martin starting in 1956. It is most famous for winning the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans, Aston Martin's only outright victory at the endurance classic. With the legend himself behind the wheel.

Engine: Aston Martin 2,493 cc / 2,922 cc, Straight six, FR Layout

Chassis: Multi-tubular, space frame design

Power: 255 bhp (190 kW)

3. 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa

This beautiful car is one of the most stunning and most famous race cars. And one of racing history's most beautiful cars. Made by Ferrari of course for the 1958 Le Mans. It was made for the World Sportscar Championships rule change that restricted engine displacement to a maximum of three liters. Ferrari fixed and updated their car to a two-liter 500TR to accommodate the Colombo 3-liter V12, and they also fixed the bodywork for improved aerodynamics. The 250 Testa Rossa, would come to dominate international sports car competition throughout the late '50s and early '60s, winning three constructors' championships for Ferrari between 1958 and 1961. In its debut season, the 250TR would gain victory in the 1958 24 Hours of Le Mans.

2. Porsche 917

Porsche 917

Porsche 917

Not only is the Porsche 917 good looking, and one of the most legendary race cars of all time it also sounds even better! The Porsche 917 is a sports race car developed by the well known German manufacturer, Porsche. The 917 gave Porsche its first overall wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1970 and 1971. The 917 engine initially had 520 horsepower, and went knot to 60mph in 2.5 seconds! It also had a top speed of close to 250 miles per hour! And guess what? The engine was capable of far more than that! I would recommend checking it out on YouTube! Its total ear porn!

Engine: 4.5 L Type 912 Flat-12; 4.9 L Type 912 Flat-12; 5.0 L Type 912 Flat-12

Capable: 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of 2.3 seconds, 0–124 mph (200 km/h) in 5.3 seconds

Top speed: of 362 km/h (225 mph)

1. 1966 Ford GT40

1966 Ford GT40

1966 Ford GT40

Now this car does not need a introduction. It was and still is arguably the best race car in the world. The GT40 won every 24 Hours of Le Mans race from 1960 to 1965. The GT40 broke Ferrari's streak in 1966 and went on to win the next three annual races. And if you know the famous Ford V. Ferrari story, you know that Carroll Shelby was a huge part of this car and design. The story of how Ford beat Ferrari and how Ken Miles was robbed, is one of the most famous and if not the most famous racing stories of all time. The GT40 program became the single biggest racing investment in Ford's history. In 1965, Henry Ford II turned to Carroll Shelby to help Ford beat Ferrari at the worlds most famous race - the 24 hours of Le Mans. They won of course, Ford and Shelby made a car, that helped for all "W" for the four straight years (1966-1969).

The 1966 Ford GT40 is powered by an eight-cylinder 90 degree vee pushrod engine, with a wheelbase of 95 inches and weight of 1835 pounds.

Thank you for reading my article on the best looking Le Mans cars of all time!

Credits: Wikipedia, HowStuffWorks.com, Shelby American Inc., Topspeed.com, Supercars.net, Ultimatecarpage.com, Auto Blog

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Comments (11)

  • The SLR and Ferrari P3 would be my picks for best lookers! Can’t decide between the two though...

      28 days ago
  • You forgot the Mazda 787B, sorry, but for me its the best lemans car ever

      28 days ago
  • (i only did 7 for this le mans list, next time i will do more)

      28 days ago
  • Beautiful legends.

      28 days ago
  • I'd add the Shelby Daytona coupe which raced before the GT40

      28 days ago