Mercedes Benz at the 24 Heures du Mans
Vintage Original 1952 Mercedes Benz Victory Poster 24 Hours of Le Mans.
This is a vintage original 1952 Mercedes poster announcing their hard-fought double victory in the 1952 running of Les 24 Heures du Mans.
French driver Pierre Levegh, who was driving his privately entered Talbot Lago T26 GS Spider, was leading by a comfortable 4 laps when his engine gave up the ghost and the lead was passed to Herrmann Lang and Fritz Riess in their Mercedes-Benz 300 SL with Theo Helfrich and Helmut Niedermayr, also on a 300 SL, in second place.
Levegh, although officially partnered with Rene Marchand, had no relief driver and had been at the wheel for 22 hours and 45 minutes (!) when the Talbot's engine blew up.
Levegh tried it two more times at Le Mans with his aging Talbot before moving over to Mercedes-Benz in 1955 which lead to, what is considered, the biggest catastrophe in motor racing history...
Completely unaware of what the future held in store, Mercedes proudly issued this poster in the second half of 1952 to announce their victory.
Dimensions:8.5 x 12 inches21 x 29.7 cm
For the full results of this race, please see 24 Heures du Mans results 1952.
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Vintage Original 1952 Mercedes Benz Victory Poster 24 Hours of Le Mans
Vintage 1955 Pierre Levegh Photo 24 Hours of Le Mans Disaster.
This is a vintage 1955 photo of Pierre Levegh, casually leaning on the hood of a Mercedes-Benz road car prior to the 1955 running of the 24 Heures du Mans.
Levegh's Mercedes 300 SLR would plough into the main grandstand at the start finish line after a mere 34 laps at around 18.26H local time, instantly killing Levegh (real name Pierre Bouillin) before the eyes of his wife and 82 spectators. It is widely considered to be the worst accident in motorracing history.
Images of Levegh outside his racing car are rare and this is a great opportunity to acquire a VINTAGE photo of the man.
It measures some 18 x 24 cm of 7 x 9.5 inches.
The race was won by Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb in their Jaguar D-Type (S/N XKD505) with a total of 307 laps to their name.
For the full results of this race, please see 24 Heures du Mans results 1955.
Vintage 1955 Pierre Levegh Photo 24 Hours of Le Mans Disaster
1955 Le Maine Libre 24 Hours of Le Mans Poster Fangio on Mercedes 300 SLR.
Issued by Le Maine Libre, a local Le Mans newspaper, in 2006 it shows the Fangio at the wheel of the # 19 Mercedes-Benz 3002 SLR (S/N 0007/55) while being chased by the # 6 Jaguar D-Type of Hawthorn / Bueb (Mike Hawthorn at the wheel; they would win this race) and the # 4 Ferrari 121 LM of Castellotti & Marzotto who are in the process of overtaking the # 34 Bristol 450C of Wilson & Mayers.
1955 was of course the year of the biggest catastrophe ever at Le Mans and following the accident of Pierre Levegh, all Mercedes cars were withdrawn from the race.
40 x 50 cm16 x 20 inches
Issued in 2006 !
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1955 Le Maine Libre 24 Hours of Le Mans Poster Fangio on Mercedes 300 SLR
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