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1953 Cunningham C3

Chassis number : 5211

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Sold for $374,000 at 2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction.
Sold for $341,000 at 2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction.
The example shown is a C-3 Coupe and one of only 20 ever created. The first owner was William A. Burden of New York who ordered it with a list of performance improvements from the factory. Mr. Burden owned the car from 1953 and sold it to Lawrence Leeds during the same year. John Paolantonio of New Jersey became the cars third owner in 1962. The car has since passed through several owners. At the 2002 Amelia Island Concours, after a recent restoration, the car was shown. It was awarded a First Place Trophy in the American Sports Car Class. It was sold to an Englishman in 2004 and sent to Europe where it was shown at various car shows. One of the events was the Waddesdon Manor Louis Vuitton Concours in June of 2004.

At the 2006 RM Auction in Monterey, CA it was expected to sell between $400,000 - $600,000. Chassis number 5211 was offered without reserve. At the conclusion of the bidding the car had found a new owner for just under the predicted value, at $374,000.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2008

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2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $350,000-USD $450,000 
Sale Price :
USD $341,000

2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $300,000-USD $400,000 
Sale Price :
USD $374,000

1953 Cunningham C3 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Cunningham C3

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 Cunningham C-3 Cabriolet by Vignale
Chassis#: 5441
Sold for USD$1,215,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
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1953 Cunningham C-3 Coupe by Vignale
Chassis#: 5223
Sold for USD$1,100,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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1953 Cunningham C3 Coupe by Vignale
Chassis#: 5206
Sold for USD$869,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : The Andrews Collection
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1953 Cunningham C-3 Continental Coupe
Chassis#: 5211
Sold for USD$341,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
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1953 Cunningham C-3 Continental Coupe
Chassis#: 5226
Sold for USD$539,000
  2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
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1953 Cunningham C3
Sold for USD$255,000
  2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island
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1953 Cunningham C3 Competition Continental Coupe
Sold for USD$374,000
  2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
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1953 Cunningham C3's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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1953 Cunningham C3 Profiles

1953 Cunningham C3 vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Michelotti
Designer: Alfredo Vignale
1953 Cunningham C3 vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Michelotti
Designer: Alfredo Vignale
Chassis #: 5211
1953 Cunningham C3 vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Michelotti
Designer: Alfredo Vignale
Chassis #: 5206
1953 Cunningham C3 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Vignale
Chassis #: C52843235
1953 Cunningham C3 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Vignale
1953 Cunningham C3 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Vignale
Chassis #: 5441
Engine #: C52-8-43235
1953 Cunningham C3 vehicle information
Continental Coupe
Coachwork: Vignale
Chassis #: 5226
1953 Cunningham C3 vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Michelotti
Designer: Alfredo Vignale
Chassis #: 5223
1953 Cunningham C3 vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Michelotti
Designer: Alfredo Vignale