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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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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

1953 Cunningham C3

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