T16 was the further evolution off T11 and T15 types of monoposto by Amedee Gordini. Like its predecessor, the Type 16 was a very light racing car that had a simple space frame with an independent front axle. The car had a rigid axle at the rear. The first engine was a 2-liter six-cylinder unit with a double camshaft and two Weber carburettors, which produced 170 hp. The car was developed in 1952 in accordance with the technical regulations of Formula 2, since the races of the 1952 and 1953 Drivers’ World Championships were run according to this racing formula. Its racing career in the World Championship lasted until 1957, of course in a revised F1 version with 2.3-liter engine in 1954 -56. The works drivers of Equipe Gordini were the famous trio of French musketeers – Moris Trintignant, Robert Manzon and Jean Behra. Behra, the youngest of three, drove for Gordini since 1951 till 1954. His best result in 1952 World Championship race was 3rd place in Swiss Grand Prix. It was the first podium for Gordini in the World Championship race. Gordini team was also very active in other F2 races in 1952-53. One of the most competitive series for Formula 2 cars of that time was Grand Prix de France – French Formula 2 Championship consisted of 8 races in 1952, including Grand Prix de l’Automobile Club de France – Grand Epreuve counted to World Drivers’ Championship. The series was dominated by Ferrari 500, which won 7 French F2 races in hands of Alberto Ascari, Luigi Villoresi and Pier Taruffi. The only exception – Grand Prix de la Marne at Reims-Gueux circuit was won by Behra in Gordini T16. In the final standings of French F2 Behra was classified in 5th position, best of Gordini drivers. As to World Championship, Behra was 11th with 6 points. The scale model from French magazine edition “La Saga Gordini” represents Behra’s winning car from GP de la Marne.
|1952||F2 Grand Prix de France||Grand Prix de la Marne|
|Jean Behra||4||Equipe Gordini|
|1:43||IXO||Atlas / La Saga Gordini|