10. ASTON MARTIN DB3S
BEST RESULT: 2nd (1955, 1956 and 1958) The underpowered but well-balanced DB3S does not immediately spring to mind when it comes to Le Mans greats, but the three-litre straight-six Aston racked up an impressive CV.
No other car on this list has three second places to its name at Le Mans. The DB3S also steadied the Aston Martin ship after a poor run in the 24 Hours.
The 1955 and 1958 runner-up spots can be attributed more to the problems suffered by faster rivals, but the 1956 contest was a different matter.
Stirling Moss and Peter Collins fought a duel with the Ron Flockhart/ninian Sanderson Jaguar D-type, ultimately losing out to the bigger-engined Ecurie Ecosse machine by a single lap.
Elsewhere, the car proved its worth with victories in the Tourist Trophy at Dundrod and the Goodwood Nine Hours.
Whitehead brothers took second in 1958
Aston DB3S v Jaguar D-type in 1956 race