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1954 Cunningham C-3


Chassis number : 5442

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Sold for $945,500 at 2022 Broad Arrow Auctions : The Passion for the Drive.
Briggs Swift Cunningham was a racing enthusiast from his early years and, in-fact, imported the first racing Ferrari to America. He was most famous for mounting an assault to win the 24 Hours of LeMans in many cars, including Cadillac, Corvette, Jaguar and with his own car bearing the Cunningham name. The C-3 was purpose-built to be raced at LeMans. However, rules indicated that the constructors of cars also had to offer road cars to the general public.

Approximately 19 coupes and 4 cabriolets were built between 1952 and 1956, at a cost new of more than $10,000. Vignale coachworks of Turin, Italy, built the bodies, using a design by Giovanni Michelotti.

Chassis 5442 was the penultimate C-3 Vignale Coupe which returned from Vignale to the Cunningham plant in December 1952. The first owner was R.L. Parish of New York City who ordered the vehicle with the optional Ford radio and heater. In 1964 the car was involved in a crash but once repaired the car was purchased by Paul Rawn, who also owned the Cunningham C-3 Cabriolet (chassis 5441). He then sold the car in 1974 to William Cattell who undertook a total restoration and the finished car appeared in Car Classics magazine in April 1977. Robert B. Cunningham, the grandson of Briggs Cunningham owned this car until 2000. The current owner has just completed a further restoration; it made its restoration debut at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

This car's chassis, including a stock 331 CID, 235 horsepower Chrysler 'Hemi' with four Zenith downdraft carburetors, was shipped from West Palm Beach, Florida, to Italy, where the Vignale body was fitted. It was then shipped back to Florida for final detailing and sale.

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2022 Broad Arrow Auctions : The Passion for the Drive

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $900,000-USD $1,100,000 
Sale Price :
USD $945,500

Recent Sales of the Cunningham C-3

(Data based on Model Year 1954 sales)
1954 Cunningham C3 Vignale Coupe
Chassis#: 5442
Sold for USD$945,500
  2022 Broad Arrow Auctions : The Passion for the Drive
1954 Cunningham C-3 image  1954 Cunningham C-3 image  
1954 Cunningham C-3 Coupe
Chassis#: 5440
Sold for USD$313,000
  2018 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
 

Cunningham C-3s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1954 Cunningham C-3's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1954 Cunningham C-3 Coupe By VignaleWO3552282009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company $475,000$575,000

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1954 Cunningham C-3 Profiles

1954 Cunningham C-3 vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Vignale
Designer: Giovanni Michelotti
1954 Cunningham C-3 vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Vignale
Designer: Giovanni Michelotti
Chassis #: 5442