At the age of 43, Briggs S. Cunningham II became president of cunningham motors. the purpose of the company was to build a vehicle that would be capable of winning the Le Mans for the US. The rules for the race included that the vehicle must be made by a manufacturer that sells a certain number of vehicles per year. cunningham meeted this criteria by selling the C2R and the C3 Vignale Coupe. These cars are among the most collectible us production vehicles today.
The C-3 #5210 arrived in the United States in late 1952 with a Vignale body from Giovanni Michelotti. This C-3 bore more resemblance to other Vignale designs, particularly some of the early Ferrari 212 and 225. Probably one of Vignale's better efforts, it was listed as one of the World's ten best designs by Arther Dexler, director of the New York Museum of Modern Art. This car was used for some time as a Briggs Swift Cunningham Company demonstrator. It was sold to the current owner in 1975 who completed a total restoration of the car in 2004 using all original parts.Also photographed at :