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1953 Cunningham C3 Coupe

Buoyed by the success of his race team at the 1950 running of the Le Mans 24 hours, Briggs Cunningham turned to crafting his own sports/racing cars. A Chrysler 331 Hemi fitted with Zenith down-draft carburetors pushed 235 horsepower through a semi-auto transmission in the C-3. The hand-fashioned aluminum body took nine weeks to build. Cunningham produced 18 Competition Continental Coupes for $11,422.50 each. A 1953 Corvette sold for $3,498. This example is one of seven C-3s built with an extended wheelbase and one with an original bench seat. With only 21,000 original miles, it is the finest remaining example of a true American original.

Source - Volo Auto Museum

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1953 Cunningham C3 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Cunningham C3

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
1953 Cunningham C3 Vignale Coupe
Chassis#: 5211
Sold for USD$610,000
  2023 Broad Arrow : Monterey Jet Center
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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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Cunningham C3s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1953 Cunningham C3's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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1953 Cunningham C3

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1953 Cunningham C3 vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Michelotti
Designer: Alfredo Vignale
Chassis #: 5230
1953 Cunningham C3 vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Michelotti
Designer: Alfredo Vignale
1953 Cunningham C3 vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Michelotti
Designer: Alfredo Vignale
Chassis #: 5223
1953 Cunningham C3 vehicle information
Continental Coupe
Coachwork: Vignale
Chassis #: 5226
1953 Cunningham C3 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Vignale
Chassis #: 5441
Engine #: C52-8-43235
1953 Cunningham C3 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Vignale
Chassis #: 32-5CR-5225
1953 Cunningham C3 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Vignale
Chassis #: C52843235
1953 Cunningham C3 vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Michelotti
Designer: Alfredo Vignale
Chassis #: 5211
Engine #: IND20-1008
1953 Cunningham C3 vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Michelotti
Designer: Alfredo Vignale
1953 Cunningham C3 vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Michelotti
Designer: Alfredo Vignale
Chassis #: 5206

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