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1930s Le Mans 4 seater regulations

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#1 cabianca

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 14:50

Le Mans revised the 4 seat regulation in 1932, raising the displacement limit on two-seaters to 1500cc from 1100. The spirit of the original 4-seater rules was also compromised by the bodies of the Sommer Alfa and the Bugattis, which were more akin to 2+2 seating than true 4-seaters. However, they were allowed to run, probably because of the prestige of Bugatti with the French organizers. Can someone enlighten me as to the evolution of the rules by year which ultimately allowed 2-seaters of any displacement?

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#2 Tim Murray

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 16:46

Here's what David Hodges wrote in his Le Mans history:


All cars over 1100 c.c. had to have full four-seater touring bodies in the early races, but by 1930 the capacity limit for two-seaters had been raised to 1.5 litres, and by 1937 all entries were merely required to have "a minimum of two comfortable seats facing forward in the front; the rear seats are optional. Doors not compulsory".



#3 raceannouncer2003

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 18:09

Don't know if it pertains to your question, but some info here...in Portuguese:




Vince H.