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To honor the 80th running of the world’s greatest sports car race, I wanted to share my collection of cars represented in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. While the fabled twice around the clock classic will be over in a mere 24 hours, it has taken several years to gather these 44 cars. One of the fun, sub-categories I maintain in 1:64 scale.

In order to maintain a leash on my toy car budget, I only collect the winners in my preferred 1:43 scale. But in this smaller size, it’s everything goes! My only criteria are that the car be produced in the correct livery as it actually participated in the 24 Hours. I like the variety of cars and classes as they are grouped here.

Thanks for the look. As with you, I enjoy sharing my cars with others and always welcome your comments and corrections if I have miss identified a car. I truly am passionate about Le Mans and like the variety of cars and classes as they are grouped here. I can see this collection growing for many more years to come!

Snapping a good photo was far harder than I would have thought. Though mirror backed cases were all the rage when I purchased these, I would never do it again. It’s far too busy and almost impossible to shoot a good photograph with. Add to that the number of cars and a single close up photo becomes only a dream! None the less, here is my attempt. Of the several photos I took, these were the only two mediocre options so I include them both. …Enjoy!

Ward

Note: A full list of the cars and years follow the photos. These are listed in chronological order. Overall winners are designated with a W while CL represents a class winner.






The Car of Le Mans (as of the start for the 80th running, June 16, 2012)

ROW 1
1952 #1 Cunningham C4-R by Hot Wheels (CW, 4th overall)
1956 #4 D-Type Jaguar by Hot Wheels (W)
1959 #5 Aston Martin DBR1 by Shelby Collectibles (W)
1962 #19 Ferrari 250 GTO by Kyosho (CW, 2nd overall)

ROW 2
1962 #22 Ferrari 250 GTO by Kyosho (3rd)
1962 #17 Ferrari 250 GTO by Kyosho (CW, 6th overall)
1962 #1 Corvette by Greenlight (29th)
1965 #21 Ferrari 250 LM by Hot Wheels (W)

ROW 3
1965 #12 Shelby Daytona by Johnny Lightning ( DNF at 23rd)
1965 #59 Shelby Daytona by Hot Wheels (DNF at 31st)
1966 #2 Ford GT MK II by Hot Wheels (W)
1967 #24 Ferrari 330 P4 by Kyosho (3rd)

ROW 4
1967 #41 Porsche 98 LH by Kyosho (CW, 5th overall)
1968 #9 Ford GT40MK I by Kyosho (W)
1969 #6 Ford GT40MK I by Kyosho (W)
1970 #23 Porsche 917 K by Hot Wheels (W)

ROW 5
1974 #21 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo by Kyosho (DNF at 37th)
1977 #8 Renault Alpine A442 by Tomica (DNF at 23rd)
1988 #2 Jaguar XJR-9 by Kyosho (W)
1988 #1 Jaguar XJR-9 by Kyosho (DNF at 28th)

ROW 6
1989 #63 Sauber Mercedes C9 by Kyosho (W)
1989 #62 Sauber Mercedes C9 by Kyosho (5th)
1989 #23 Nissan R89C by Kyosho (DNF at 32nd)
1990 #23 Nissan R90 CP by Kyosho (5th)

ROW 7
1991 #8 Mazda 787B by Kyosho (6th)
1994 #76 Nissan 300ZX by Kyosho (DNF at 47th)
1995 #59 McLaren F1 GTR by Kyosho (W)
1995 #39 McLaren F1 GTR by Kyosho (11th)

ROW 8
1995 #42 McLaren F1 GTR by Kyosho (DNF at 22nd)
1997 #67 Saleen Ford Mustang by Johnny Lightning (DNF at 32th)
2000 #11 Panoz LMP-1 Roadster by Hot Wheels (15th)
2000 #1 Cadillac LMP Northstar by Hot Wheels (21st)

ROW 9
2002 #63 Corvette C5-R by Kyosho (CW, 11th overall)
2005 #3 Audi R8 by NewRay (W)
2006 #8 Audi R10 TDI by NewRay (W)
2007 #007 Aston-Martin DBR9 (9th)

ROW 10
2008 #7 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP by Norev (2nd)
2008 #009 Aston Martin DBR9 by Kyosho (CW, 13th overall)
2009 #9 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP by Norev (W)
2010 #007 Lola Aston Martin DBR1 by Norev (6th)

ROW 11
2010 #52 Aston Martin DBR9 by Norev (22nd)
2008 #4 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP by Norev (DNF at 29th)
2008 #1 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP by Norev (DNF at 31st)
2010 #008 Lola Aston Martin DBR1 by Norev (DNF at 33rd)
 

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Wonderful collection.

I just finished watching a very sobering account of the 1955 LeMans and how the accident that left almost 100 spectators dead changed the way the race was viewed. It was on the Velocity Channel.

Still the greatest challenge of man & machine combined.

My two favorites (well 3 actually) are the Shelby Daytona coupe, and the Gulf Ford GT's.
 

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Congrats on the long time search for a sweet collection
 

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Thanks so much for the look and comments guys, it's fun to know that others dig something you've worked so long on!

I was looking at the list this evening (while watching the race it's self of course!) and thinking about all the winners I have. Each overall winner represents a class winners, but I was seeing how many individual class winners I have also. I expect to have the winners produced, that makes sense from a selling standpoint, but to have so many DNF cars seems odd.

44 cars,
13 Overall Winners
6 Class Winners
11 DNF's
7 Manufactures (Hot Wheels, Greenlight, Johnny Lightning, Kyosho, Norev, NewRay and Tomica)
 
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