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1952 Cunningham C3

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Briggs Swift Cunningham was born in Cincinnati. He aspired to race at Le Mans, and ultimately finished 4th in 1952. He financed Enzo's Ferrari and envisioned his Cunningham as the American version of the famous Italian sports car. Much like the Pinin Farina Eldorado Brougham Cadillacs of 1959-1960 and the Cadillac Allante of the 1980s and 1990s, bodies came from Turin, Italy, with final assembly in West Palm Beach, Florida.

This example is powered by a 331 cubic-inch, 200 horsepower Chrysler HEMI. It is completely unrestored and in original condition, with just 40,000 miles from new. It is the second C-3 built and, as the company's media car, was featured in numerous publications including a 1952 Museum of Modern Art brochure. Additionally, it won the 1952 concours d'Elegance at Elkhart Lake and Watkins Glen.

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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