Jean Guichet (born 10 August 1927 in Marseille, France) is a French industrialist and former racing driver. He is best known for winning the 1964 24 Hours of Le Mans with co-driver Nino Vaccarella, driving a Ferrari 275 P for Scuderia Ferrari.

Racing career

Guichet raced sports cars and rallied from 1948 through the late 1970s. He began his racing career as a self-funded independent driver but would later drive for teams including Scuderia Ferrari, the Abarth works team, Ecurie Filipinetti, Maranello Concessionaires, and NART.[1][2][3]

Guichet is also known as the first owner of 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO chassis number 5111GT, one of only 36 produced. He successfully raced this car, including an overall win of the 1963 Tour de France with co-driver José Behra.[4][5] Following Guichet's sale of the car in 1965 and multiple subsequent ownership changes, this car was sold privately in September 2013 for $52,000,000 USD. This broke the then-current record for world's most expensive car.[6]

Racing record

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1956 France Automobiles Gordini France Robert Manzon Gordini T15S S3.0 80 DNF
(Engine)
1957 France Automobiles Gordini France André Guelfi Gordini T24S S3.0 38 DNF
(Engine)
1960 Italy Abarth & Cie France Paul Condrillier Abarth 850S S850 174 DNF
(Clutch)
1961 Belgium P. Noblet
(private entrant)
Belgium Pierre Noblet Ferrari 250 GT SWB GT3.0 317 3rd 1st
1962 Belgium P. Noblet
(private entrant)
Belgium Pierre Noblet Ferrari 250 GTO GT3.0 326 2nd 1st
1963 Belgium P. Noblet
(private entrant)
Belgium Pierre Noblet Ferrari 330 LMB P+3.0 79 DNF
(Oil pipe)
1964 Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC Italy Nino Vaccarella Ferrari 275 P P5.0 349 1st 1st
1965 Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC United Kingdom Mike Parkes Ferrari 330 P2 Spyder P4.0 315 DNF
(Gearbox)
1966 Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC Italy Lorenzo Bandini Ferrari 330 P3 P5.0 226 DNF
(Engine)
1967 Switzerland Scuderia Filipinetti Switzerland Herbert Müller Ferrari 412 P P5.0 88 DNF
(Piston)
1968 France Société Automobiles
Alpine
France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Alpine A220 P3.0 185 DNF
(Electrics)
1969 France Equipe Matra - Elf Italy Nino Vaccarella Matra-Simca MS630 P3.0 359 5th 3rd
1975 France H. Poulain
(private entrant)
France Hervé Poulain
United States Sam Posey
BMW 3.0 CSL TS 73 DNF
(Transmission)

Complete 12 Hours of Sebring results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1962 Italy Abarth Corse Italy Alfonso Thiele Abarth 850S S1.15 180 10th 1st
1964 Italy S.E.F.A.C. Ferrari Italy Carlo Maria Abate Ferrari 250 GTO/64 GT3.0 113 DSQ
(Assistance)
1967 Italy Scuderia Ambroeus Mexico Pedro Rodríguez Ferrari Dino 206 S P2.0 101 DNF
(Overheating)

Complete 24 Hours of Daytona results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1964 United States Shelby American, Inc. France Jo Schlesser Shelby Cobra GT+2.0 109 DNF
(Piston)
1967 United States North American Racing Team Mexico Pedro Rodríguez Ferrari 412 P P+2.0 637 3rd 3rd

References

  1. ^ "Jean Guichet | Motor Sport Magazine Database". Motor Sport Magazine. 2017-06-12. Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  2. ^ Massini, Marcel (2002-10-30). "Jean Guichet: Gentleman racer, Factory driver". VeloceToday - Online Magazine for Italian Car Enthusiasts!. Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  3. ^ "Ferrari pioneers 1949-1965 (4) - Jean Guichet, the French gentleman". lemans.org. Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  4. ^ "250 GTO s/n 5111GT". www.barchetta.cc. Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  5. ^ G., Pourret, Jess (1987). Ferrari 250GT competition cars. Sparkford: Haynes. pp. 281, 387. ISBN 0854295569. OCLC 16084828.
  6. ^ Ernst, Kurt (2013-10-03). "Ferrari 250 GTO reportedly sells for $52 million, becoming world's most expensive car". Hemmings Daily. Retrieved 2018-09-01.
Sporting positions
Preceded by Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1964 with:
Nino Vaccarella
Succeeded by