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Overview

735 LM

1955

Like the 376, the 735 LM sported an in-line 6-cylinder engine. However, what made it unusual was that the 735 in its names refers to the displacement of just one cylinder, as was the case in the earliest models. Three of the cars were built for the 1955 Le Mans 24 Hour race (hence the LM), in which they clocked up an impressive speed of 282 km/h. A fourth model was also built. Happily, all are still in perfect working order and in the hands of passionate collectors.

Specifications

V6 Engine

Type front, longitudinal, in-line six
Bore/stroke 102 x 90 mm
Unitary displacement 735.41 cc
Total displacement 4412.49 cc
Compression ratio 8.5 : 1
Maximum power 243 kW (330 hp) at 5800 rpm
Power per litre 75 hp/l
Maximum torque -
Valve actuation twin overhead camshaft per bank, two valves per cylinder
Fuel feed three Weber 50 DCOA/3 carburettors
Ignition two spark plugs per cylinder, two coils
Lubrication dry sump
Clutch multi-plate
Frame tubular steel
Front suspension independent, unequal-length wishbones, coil springs, hydraulic shock absorbers
Rear suspension de Dion, twin radius arms, lower transverse leaf spring, Houdaille hydraulic shock absorbers
Brakes drums
Transmission 5-speed + reverse
Steering worm and sector
Fuel tank capacity 150 litres
Front tyres 6.00 x 16
Rear tyres 7.50 x 16
Type two-seater spider
Length -
Width -
Height -
Wheelbase 2400 mm
Front track 1316 mm
Rear track 1284 mm
Weight 850 kg (dry)
Top speed 280 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h -
0-400 m -
0-1000 m -