1952 will always be known as Pierre Levegh's race. The proud, and some say, arrogant little Frenchman made a huge attempt to win the race single-handed "pour la gloire de France".
At this time the ACO were trying to discourage the entry of cycle-winged cars, with the result that all six T26 GS chassis, like the 1950 winner, were re-bodied with all-enveloping coachwork.
Levegh bought chassis No. 110056 , and had his own design of body built for it.
Playing a waiting game, Levegh allowed a lot of faster competitors to burn themselve out,and by the early evening he held second place, behind Behra, in the Gordini. At 3am Behra's car failed and Levegh was in the lead, by 4 laps. He kept blocking his experienced co-driver, Marchand from taking the wheel , until he finally missed a gear, breaking the crank. A sad end to a Heroic (?) drive, handing victory to the Mercedes team.