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  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Rear section of Mercedes-Benz 300SLR in pits showing tartan seat cover, extended fuel filler neck, and air brake flap in stowed position.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 19, the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis 0007/55 driven by Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss, air-brakes on the approach to Les Esses.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Race shot showing the early battle for the lead. Car number 4 is the works Ferrari 121LM chassis 0532LM driven by Eugenio Castellotti and Paolo Marzotto. Car number 6 is the works Jaguar D-Type XKD505 driven by race winners Mike Hawthorn/Ivor Bueb. Car number 19 is the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis 0007/55 driven by Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss, seen here with the air brake lowering into Les Esses.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Rear view of works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR in pits showing stowed air brake flap and extended fuel filler neck.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR spare engine sits on a Rennabteilung truck.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Pit scene, Car Number 20, a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, Juan Manuel Fangio, driver (helmet, seated), practice session, car assigned to Pierre Levegh and John Fitch for race.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 6 is the works Jaguar D-Type XKD505 driven by race winners Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb. Car number 19 is the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis 0007/55 driven by Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss, air brake lowering into Les Esses.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 21, the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis 0004/55 driven by Karl Kling and André Simon, air-brakes on the approach to Les Esses.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Mercedes-Benz crew members work on two 300SLRs near Le Mans.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 12, Ferrari 750 Monza driven by Jean Lucas and Helde being lapped by car number 6, overall race winner Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb works Jaguar D-Type XKD 505. Following is car number 19, the Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss works Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR during their duel with Hawthorn and Bueb's Jaguar in the opening two hours.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, number 20, of Pierre Levegh and John Fitch.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 6, winning Mike Hawthorn/Ivor Bueb Jaguar D-Type 'XKD 505' leading car number 19, Juan-Manuel Fangio Mercedes-Benz 300SLR in Les Esses

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 20 - Karl Kling driving this works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR during practice, with air brake fully open entering the Dunlop Curve. For the race, car number 20 was assigned to Pierre Levegh/John Fitch and was destroyed in Levegh's catastrophic fatal accident.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 19, the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis 0007/55 driven by Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss, air-brakes on the approach to Les Esses. Car number 65 is the Porsche 550 Spyder driven by Gonzague Olivier and Josef Jeser.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Aftermath of Pierre Levegh's crash in front of the pit straight grandstand. After colliding with the Austin-Healey 100S number 26 of Lance Macklin, Levegh's Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR crashed on the earth bank, killing Levegh and 83 spectators.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 20, Pierre Levegh and John Fitch works Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR driven here by Fitch in practice. He is followed by the Umberto Maglioli and Phil Hill Ferrari 121 LM Scaglietti in the White House Curve.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    #20 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, "Pierre Levegh" (Pierre Bouillin), note air brake

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 24 is the works Aston Martin DB3S chassis 7 driven by Roy Salvadori and Peter Walker. Car number 10 is the Ecurie Francorchamps Jaguar D-Type XKD503 driven by Johnny Claes and Jacques Swaters. Car number 20 is the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis 0006/55 driven by Levegh and John Fitch. ("Levegh" was the pseudonym of Pierre Eugène Alfred Bouillin.)

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    #21 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, withdrawn

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Race shot showing the early battle for the lead. Car number 4 is the works Ferrari 121LM chassis 0532LM driven by Eugenio Castellotti and Paolo Marzotto. Car number 6 is the works Jaguar D-Type XKD505 driven by race winners Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb. Car number 19 is the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis 0007/55 driven by Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss, seen here with the air brake lowering into Les Esses.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 21 is the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis 0004/55 driven by Karl Kling and André Simon. Car number 20, the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis 0006/55 driven by Levegh and John Fitch, enters the braking area for the Dunlop Curve with air brake open. ("Levegh" was the pseudonym of Pierre Eugène Alfred Bouillin.)

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Rear view of works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR in pits showing stowed air brake flap and extended fuel filler neck.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Rear section of Karl Kling and André Simon Mercedes-Benz 300SLR in pits showing tartan seat cover, extended fuel filler neck, and air brake flap in stowed position.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 20, practice photograph showing Karl Kling driving this works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR which was assigned instead to Levegh and John Fitch for the race.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 20, Pierre Levegh and John Fitch's Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, chassis 0006/55, before Le Mans.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    The Jaguar D-Type chassis XKD 505, number 6, of Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb, leading the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR chassis 0007/55 of Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    #20 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, "Pierre Levegh" (Pierre Bouillin), fatal accident, #21 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, Karl Kling, André Simon, withdrawn

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    The lead car in the photo is a Bristol 450C, car number 32, driven by Tommy Wisdom and Jack Fairman. The car to the right is a Jaguar D Type, car number 6, driven by the team of Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb. In the background is a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, car number 19, driven by Robert Manzon and Elie Bayol.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR fuel-injected straight-8 desmodromic-valved slant-mounted engine.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    A mechanic works on Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss' Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, car number 19.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Pierre Levegh (Bouillin) drives car number 20, the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR co-driven by John Fitch.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 21 is the works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR chassis 0004/55 driven by Karl Kling and André Simon.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR with its air brake raised. Windows had to be cut to permit rear mirror vision.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Air brake closing into Les Esses on car number 20 "Levegh" (Pierre Bouillin) and John Fitch works Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, driven here by Levegh.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 21, Karl Kling and André Simon Mercedes-Benz 300SLR at pits, Kling in cockpit. The car was withdrawn after team-mate Levegh's fatal accident which also claimed the lives of over 80 spectators.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, number 20, of Pierre Levegh and John Fitch, with the air brake fully deployed.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    #38 Porsche, Walter Ringgenberg, Hans-Jörg Gilomen, #19 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, Juan Manuel Fangio, Stirling Moss

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Pierre Levegh drives car number 20, a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, at Tertre Rouge Corner.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Practice photograph showing John Fitch driving works number 19 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR which would be assigned to Juan-Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss for the race. Fitch would be re-assigned to number 20 to co-drive with Levegh. The air brake flap is just opening in this shot as the car enters the braking area for the Dunlop Curve.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Detail of a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR fuel-injected straight-8 desmodromic-valved slant-mounted engine.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    The Ferrari 121 LM Scaglietti, number 3, of Umberto Maglioli and Phil Hill, leads the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, number 21, of Karl Kling and Andre Simon.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR with its airbrake raised.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    The Aston Martin DB3S chassis 7, number 24, of Roy Salvadori and Peter Walker, on the inside of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR chassis 0004/55, number 21, of Karl Kling and Andre Simon.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 20, Pierre Levegh's Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR leads car number 21, Karl Kling and André Simon's Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR in Les Esses during the opening laps.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 49, Auguste Veuillet and Zora Arkus Duntov Porsche 550 Spyder and number 20 "Levegh" and John Fitch Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR driven here in practice by Karl Kling at White House Curve.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 20, Pierre Levegh and John Fitch's Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, chassis 0006/55, before Le Mans.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 20 "Levegh" (Pierre Bouillin) and John Fitch Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, driven here by Levegh and car number 23, Peter Collins and Paul Frère Aston Martin DB3S.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    The Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR chassis 0007/55, number 19, of Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss, surrounded by onlookers before the start of the race.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    The Jaguar D-Type chassis XKD 505, number 6, of Mike Hawthorn and Ivor Bueb, leading the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR chassis 0007/55, number 19, of Juan Manuel Fangio and Stirling Moss.

  • 24 Hours of Le Mans

    24 Hours of Le Mans

    Car number 20, Karl Kling driving this works Mercedes-Benz 300SLR during night practice, air brake open approaching the Dunlop Curve. Car number 20 was assigned to Pierre Levegh/John Fitch for the race and would be destroyed in Levegh's catastrophic accident which also cost the lives of more than 80 spectators