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1954 Cunningham C-3 Coupe / 5442 Vehicle Information

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

1954 Cunningham C-3 photograph

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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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Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1954 sales)
1954 Cunningham C-3 Coupe
Chassis#: 5440
Sold for USD$313,000
  2018 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

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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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

1954 Cunningham C-3

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