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Fast Learners: 1927

Fast Learners: 1927

Circa 1927. "Chrysler roadster at San Francisco Public Library with racing drivers." And festive balloons! 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.


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Le Mans 1928 - and beyond.

I wonder who are the two drivers?

Chryslers placed 3rd and 4th in 1928, behind the winning Bentley and the runner-up Stutz DV32. Here's an excerpt from a story about the 1928 race, by Pete Hagenbuch in Allpar, the Chrysler historical website:

"The Chrysler racing team consisted of four 1928 Series 72 roadsters, powered by L-head inline six cylinder engines with cast iron blocks and cylinder heads. Bore and stroke was 3.5” x 5” and each displaced 248.9 cubic inches (4.1 liters). Compression ratio was 6.1:1. The roadsters weighed in at 3005 pounds with a wheelbase of 118.75.” The Chryslers were all painted in a light cream color with black fenders and trim. Drivers were European, with circuit experience being a primary consideration; Car 7 had the brothers Ghica and Cantacuzino, Car 8 had Stoffel and Rossignol, and the other cars had Lepori, Chiron, and Benoist. The latter two were well-known Formula 1 drivers."

In 1929 a Chrysler 75 driven by Stoffel and R.Benoist finished 6th, just ahead of the Chrysler 77 of De Vere and Mongin who placed 7th.

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Very similar, if not identical, to the Chryslers entered in the 24-hour Grand Prix d'Endurance at Le Mans in 1928. Two of four finished, placing third and fourth behind a 4.5 liter Bentley (1) and a Stutz (2). If this is one of them, then it is in street clothes, for the race cars had abbreviated front fenders and were painted a primrose yellow.

Not a bad showing for a marque barely four years old, and an American one at that!

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