And, alas, around 1:30 in the morning Hill's transmission selector went on the blink and could not be repaired. The third and last Ford prototype was out. Before it expired, though. Hill carved out the fastest racing lap in Le Mans history: 3:49.2. The only real question remaining was which Ferrari prototype would win. In the end it was the 3.3-liter V-12 of France's Jean Guichet and Italy's Nino Vaccarella. Followed by two other Ferrari prototypes, the winners in their wonderful, durable racer had set a record worthy of Enzo Ferrari, covering 2,915 miles at an average speed of 121.49 mph.
The Gurney-Bondurant Cobra might have finished third but for an oil-line break shortly before dawn on Sunday which took 35 minutes to fix.
"But," said Shelby, "fourth isn't bad at all'. Maybe America didn't hammer any nails in Ferrari's coffin this time, but we threw a scare into him. Next year we'll have his hide."