1952 Cunningham C-3 Coupe

Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy of Gooding & Company
Mathieu Heurtault, courtesy of Gooding & Company

Cunningham C-3s have picked up a bit of a tail wind recently, as seen during the Gooding sale at Pebble Beach in 2012, where a yellow coupe sold for $341,000 with commissions.

Our subject car, a 1952 Cunningham C-3 Vignale coupe, s/n 5210, sold at Gooding & Company’s Scottsdale auction on January 17, 2014, for $550,000, including buyer’s commission.

This tidy appreciation perhaps reflects the car’s role as one alternative to increasingly unaffordable top line collectibles: Ferrari, Mercedes, Porsche and the like.

With the Cunningham C-3 Reunion held at Lime Rock last Labor Day weekend — and the simultaneous release of Richard Harman’s monumental two-volume book, Cunningham: The Passion, The Cars, The Legacy — more attention has been brought to these unusual, and, given the Cunningham backstory, rather romantic machines.

 

Miles Collier

Miles Collier - SCM Contributor

Miles is a retired business executive, practicing artist, investor, philanthropist and noted authority on vintage automobiles. He nurtured his interest in art at Yale University, where he received a B.A. in Painting. When family business intervened, he received an MBA from Columbia University. He retired as Managing Partner of Collier Enterprises in 1995 and returned to painting, which he does professionally. Collier maintains a significant automobile collection in Naples, FL. He recently hosted one of his prestigious symposiums on automobile connoisseurship.

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