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1952 Cunningham C3

Chassis number : 5208

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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.

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2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona

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

1952 Cunningham C3 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Cunningham C3

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

Cunningham C3s That Failed To Sell At Auction

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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1952 Cunningham C3 Profiles

1952 Cunningham C3 vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Vignale
Designer: Giovanni Michelotti
Chassis #: 5210
Engine #: C52-8-8717
1952 Cunningham C3 vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Vignale
Designer: Giovanni Michelotti
Chassis #: 5208
1952 Cunningham C3 vehicle information
Roadster
Chassis #: 5236
1952 Cunningham C3 vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Vignale
Designer: Giovanni Michelotti
1952 Cunningham C3 vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Vignale
Designer: Giovanni Michelotti