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1953 Cunningham C3 Continental Coupe / 5226 Vehicle Information

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C31953 Cunningham C31953 Cunningham C31953 Cunningham C31953 Cunningham C31953 Cunningham C31953 Cunningham C31953 Cunningham C3
Sold for $539,000 at 2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions.
As the only series production model manufactured at Cunningham's Palm Beach, Florida factory, the C3 was a hot rod in European disguise. Coming from one of the first American companies to manufacture for and compete in European endurance racing, Briggs Cunningham needed to produce 25 examples to be eligible for LeMans in 1953. In total, five cabriolets and 20 coupes were created.
This Cunningham C-3 was shipped to Carrozzeria Vignale in late September of 1952. It returned to the United States in March of 1953 where it underwent final assembly in preparation for delivery. When it left the Cunningham factory, it was finished in Cunningham's classic three-tone color scheme with a tan upper section, blue panels and a black main section. The interior was finished with tan trim and outfitted with a Mopar radio and heater. The first owner, Jack B. Hinkle, took possession of the car sometime after May of 1953.

It is believed that the Cunningham remained in his care until 1957, when it was sold to Larry Bass. The history of the car from that point until the early 1980s is not really known. By that time in history, the car was in the car of Melvin Olshansky, owner of the Volo Museum. Shortly after receiving the car, it was treated to an exhaustive restoration that is said to have taken eight years. It received an AACA National First Prize at the Hershey Meet in 1993.

In 2006, the current owner acquired the car. The car was then treated to another restoration and is currently finished in blue and light gray color scheme with matching dark blue interior. It rides on the optional wire wheels, period-appropriate tires and correct 'log' manifold.

In 2011, the car was brought to Pebble Beach and offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction. It was estimated to sell for $350,000 - $450,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $539,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2012


2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $350,000-USD $450,000 
Sale Price :
USD $539,000

1953 Cunningham C3 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 Cunningham C-3 Coupe by Vignale
Chassis#: 5223
Sold for USD$1,100,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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1953 Cunningham C3 Coupe by Vignale
Chassis#: 5206
Sold for USD$869,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : The Andrews Collection
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1953 Cunningham C-3 Continental Coupe
Chassis#: 5211
Sold for USD$341,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
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1953 Cunningham C-3 Continental Coupe
Chassis#: 5226
Sold for USD$539,000
  2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
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1953 Cunningham C3
Sold for USD$255,000
  2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island
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1953 Cunningham C3 Competition Continental Coupe
Sold for USD$374,000
  2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Cunningham C3
1952 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis information for the Cunningham C3
1952 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vignale

Chassis information for the Cunningham C3
1952 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vignale

Chassis information for the Cunningham C3
1952 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 5208
Chassis information for the Cunningham C3
1952 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 5210
Engine Num: C52-8-8717

Chassis information for the Cunningham C3
1952 Roadster
Chassis Num: 5236
Chassis information for the Cunningham C3
1953 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Michelotti

Chassis information for the Cunningham C3
1953 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Michelotti
Chassis information for the Cunningham C3
1953 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Vignale

Chassis information for the Cunningham C3
1953 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Michelotti
Chassis Num: 5206
Chassis information for the Cunningham C3
1953 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Michelotti
Chassis Num: 5211

Chassis information for the Cunningham C3
1953 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Michelotti
Chassis Num: 5223
Chassis information for the Cunningham C3
1953 Continental Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 5226

Chassis information for the Cunningham C3
1953 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 5441
Chassis information for the Cunningham C3
1953 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: C52843235

Chassis information for the Cunningham C-3
1954 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis information for the Cunningham C-3
1954 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 5442

1953 Cunningham C3

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