The Le Mans 24 Hours on display at the Geneva International Motor Show

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A unique chance to see some of the most important cars to race in the history of Le Mans.

The 84th Geneva International Motor and Accessories Show in Switzerland will take place between 6-16 March 2014. With the Detroit, Paris and IAA (Frankfurt) Motor Shows it is one of the most important of its kind in the world.

Thanks to a special exhibition backed by Rolex, more than 20 cars that have taken part in the Le Mans 24 Hours will be on display in the 1800m2 Plexpo Hall 3. Thus visitors can all experience the legend of the Le Mans 24 Hours and get close to the cars that have written the history of the event since 1923, as well as discovering the latest information about the 2014 race on 14-15 June.

The oldest representative of the race’s glorious past is a Chenard & Walcker Sport dating from 1923, identical to the car that emerged victorious in the first race whose name was the 24-Hours Endurance Grand Prix. A total of nine cars that have won the Le Mans 24 Hours will be highlighted in this exceptional exhibition, the most recent being the Audi R18 e-tron quattro hybrid that came first in 2013 driven by Kristensen-Duval-McNish.

Benjamin Eastick, Jaguar D Type, 1955
Benjamin Eastick, Jaguar D Type, 1955

Photo by: Lucien Harmegnies

In 2013, the ACO launched a big poll to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the greatest endurance race in the world to elect the 10 cars (one per decade since 1923) that have written the history of the event. Six of these exceptionally rare cars will be on show in Geneva including a Bentley Speed 6 from 1929, a Ferrari 166 MM from 1949, the Mazda 787B winner in 1991, etc.

All these cars were among the front-runners in the races in which they took part and they have all left their mark on the Sarthe classic.

List of cars on display*

Chenard et Walcker Sport 1923

Bentley Speed Six - 2nd in 1929

Alfa Romeo 8C 1933 (Type Le Mans)

Ferrari 166MM 1949

Jaguar D-Type – 2nd in 1954

Ford GT40 - 3rd in 1966

Porsche 917 K – 1st in 1970

Matra 670B – 1st in 1974

Renault Alpine A442 – 1st in 1978

Rondeau M379 – 1st in 1980

Sauber Mercedes 1989

Jaguar XJR9 – 2nd in 1991

Mazda 787 B 1991 (replica of the winner)

Peugeot 905 – 1st in1992

Porsche GT1 – 1st in 1998

Audi R8 – 1st in 2000

Peugeot 908 – 1st in 2009

Audi R18 e-tron quattro – 1st in 2013

  • May be subject to modifications

This previously unseen retrospective backed by Rolex will also provide the opportunity to present the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours and unveil the official poster of the 82nd race.

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