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1952 Cunningham C-3

One day this really old guy showed up at my shop and asked if I would like to restore a Cunningham. In all honesty, I had never heard of a Cunningham before. But I acted like I was familiar with them and said sure. Soon after the first meeting he took me over to his home to see the car. We pulled into the driveway and he hit the garage door opener. As I looked through the windshield of his vehicle I saw the front end of an absolutely fantastic looking car peeking out as the door was rising. I got out of his vehicle and walked up to the Cunningham and just stood staring in awe at the most beautiful work of art that I had ever seen. The body which was built by Vignale of Italy was all hand hammered aluminum. I have no words that will express how excited I was to get the job and to be able to restore that car. During the restoration I discovered the Cunningham is a very odd car, it was made from so many different components. For example: The transmission came from a Cadillac LeSalle, the engine and rear end both came from Chrysler and the wheel backing plates were Chevrolet. The list goes on and on. According to our research, we believe there were sixteen Cunningham C3's built. This particular car had a tremendous amount of history behind it. It was the only C-3 coupe that was personally raced by Briggs Cunningham. It has been all over the world and had more air miles on it than road miles. Unfortunately the owner has passed away. The car ended up in the Peterson Automotive Museum. If you would like more information about this car just contact me. Click on a picture to see it in full size.



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