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1953 Cunningham C3 Cabriolet Vehicle Profile

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

1953 Cunningham C3 photograph

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Much has been written of the heroic Cunningham racing program of the 1950s when Briggs Cunningham fought hard to win at LeMans. Not so much is known of the road cars he had to build in order to be classed as a manufacturer for the race. This is one of four convertible C-3 Cunninghams built at West Palm Beach and bodied by Vignale in Turin, Italy. The engine is the Chrysler Hemi V8. Advertised with a price of $14,000, this is an expensive and exclusive car, especially in this rare convertible style. The C-3 coupe was a little more successful and around twenty were sold. Cunninghams were admired by those 'in the known' but for Briggs they were a means to an end; he wanted to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The C3 chassis was produced at Cunningham's plant in West Palm Beach, Florida. It included the same mechanical features as the racing cars - a ladder-type tubular frame, coil-spring suspension and a modified Chrysler V8 engine with hemispherical combustion chambers. The body, made of aluminum and displaying an oval grille, was designed by Giovanni Michelotti and built in Italy by Carrozzeria Vignale. The original 105-inch wheelbase was stretched two inches to accommodate 2+2 seating.

The 331.1 cubic-inch overhead-valve, V8 engine produced 210-235 horsepower and the C3 Cunningham had a top speed of 138 mph. The engine was coupled to a three-speed manual or semi-automatic transmission. The car sold for between $9,000 and $11,423 new, and Briggs Cunningham lost money on every car.

The current owner restored the car in 2009.



No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

1953 Cunningham C3 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1953 sales)
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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Vehicles That Failed To Sell

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

Coachbuilder: Vignale
Model Year: 1952
Coupe
Cunningham C3 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vignale
Model Year: 1952
Profile
Coupe
Cunningham C3 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vignale
Model Year: 1952
Profile

West Palm Beach Coupe
Cunningham C3 West Palm Beach Coupe

Chassis Num: 5206X
Model Year: 1952
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Cunningham C3 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 5208
Model Year: 1952
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Cunningham C3 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 5210
Engine Num: C52-8-8717
Model Year: 1952
Profile and Auction History

Roadster
Cunningham C3 Roadster

Chassis Num: 5236
Model Year: 1952
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Cunningham C3 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Michelotti
Model Year: 1953
Profile
Coupe
Cunningham C3 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Michelotti
Model Year: 1953
Profile

Cabriolet
Cunningham C3 Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Vignale
Model Year: 1953
Profile
Coupe
Cunningham C3 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Michelotti
Chassis Num: 5206
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Cunningham C3 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Michelotti
Chassis Num: 5211
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History

Coupe
Cunningham C3 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Michelotti
Chassis Num: 5223
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History
Continental Coupe
Cunningham C3 Continental Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 5226
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History
Cabriolet
Cunningham C3 Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 5441
Model Year: 1953
Profile

Cabriolet
Cunningham C3 Cabriolet

Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: C52843235
Model Year: 1953
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
Cunningham C3 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vignale
Model Year: 1954
Profile
Coupe
Cunningham C3 Coupe

Coachbuilder: Vignale
Chassis Num: 5442
Model Year: 1954
Profile


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