1952 Cunningham C3 Coupe / 5208 Chassis Information

1952 Cunningham C3 photograph

1952 Cunningham C3 photograph

1952 Cunningham C3 photograph

1952 Cunningham C3 photograph

1952 Cunningham C3 photograph

1952 Cunningham C3 photograph

1952 Cunningham C3 photograph

1952 Cunningham C3 photograph

1952 Cunningham C31952 Cunningham C31952 Cunningham C31952 Cunningham C31952 Cunningham C31952 Cunningham C31952 Cunningham C31952 Cunningham C3
Coupe
Coachwork: Vignale
Designer: Giovanni Michelotti
Chassis #: 5208
Sold for $1,210,000 at 2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona.
In order to qualify for production car status at LeMans in 1953 all entrants had to build 50 cars and to establish himself as a manufacturer, Cunningham produced the C-3 Coupe and Cabriolet and, although the project fell short of the 50 cars 25 Vignale bodied C-3s were completed between 1952 and 1953. Powered by a Chrysler Hemi V-8, the chassis were built in West Palm Beach and then shipped to Italy to return months later as complete cars.

This car was the third Cunningham C-3 Vignale and the only one delivered with Borrani wire wheels. It is also the only C-3 to have been raced by the Cunningham team when it was driven by Phil Stiles at MacDill Air Force Base in February 1953 in the 6 Hour Collier Memorial Handicap. It was in the Petersen Museum until recently and its new owner has just completed its restoration to its original color scheme.


2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$900,000-$1,100,000 
Sale Price :
$1,210,000

2016 2
2014 1
2013 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2016$742,500$1,210,0002
2014$550,000$550,0001
2013$407,000$407,0001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1952 sales)
1952 CUNNINGHAM C-3
Chassis#: 5236
Sold for $275,000
  2016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction
1952 Cunningham C3 image  1952 Cunningham C3 image  
1952 Cunningham C3 Coupe by Vignale
Chassis#: 5208
Sold for $1,210,000
  2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona
1952 Cunningham C3 image  1952 Cunningham C3 image  
1952 Cunningham C-3 Coupe
Chassis#: 5210
Sold for $550,000
  2014 Gooding & Company - The Scottsdale Auction
1952 Cunningham C3 image  1952 Cunningham C3 image  
1952 Cunningham C-3 Coupe
Chassis#: IND 2011044
Sold for $407,000
  2013 Auctions America - California
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1952 Cunningham C3's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1952 Cunningham C-3 West Palm Beach Coupe5206X2011 RM Auctions at Monterey$550,000$675,000$875,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Cunningham C31952 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis information for the Cunningham C31952 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis information for the Cunningham C31952 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 5208
Chassis information for the Cunningham C31952 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 5210
Engine Num: C52-8-8717
Chassis information for the Cunningham C31952 Roadster
Chassis Num: 5236
Chassis information for the Cunningham C31953 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Michelotti
Chassis information for the Cunningham C31953 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Michelotti
Chassis information for the Cunningham C31953 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis information for the Cunningham C31953 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Michelotti
Chassis Num: 5206
Chassis information for the Cunningham C31953 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Michelotti
Chassis Num: 5211
Chassis information for the Cunningham C31953 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Michelotti
Chassis Num: 5223
Chassis information for the Cunningham C31953 Continental Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 5226
Chassis information for the Cunningham C31953 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 5441
Chassis information for the Cunningham C31953 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: C52843235
Chassis information for the Cunningham C-31954 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis information for the Cunningham C-31954 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 5442

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