Considering that Le Mans is a French institution, it’s somewhat surprising that the country has gone for such extended periods without much success to shout about at its home-grown Grand Prix d’Endurance. Early on there were wins for Chenard- Walcker, Lorraine-Dietrich, Bugatti, Delahaye and Talbot. But when the world began to take the challenge of La Sarthe more seriously, French machines faded into the background. That is, until Matra brought out the heavy guns. And the MS670 was the heaviest of all.
By the early 1970s, Louis Rosier/Jean-Louis Rosier’s 1950 win aboard their Talbot Lago Grand Sport stood as the last victory for a French car at Le Mans. Since then, British, German and Italian marques had dominated, and then along came Ford.
But the MS670 ended 22 years of waiting for the next home-grown hero to raise the Tricolore, even if it did have a slight Anglo- German helping hand in getting it lifted.