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1954 Cunningham C-3 Cabriolet
Homage Edition Black 1:43

1954 Cunningham C-3 Cabriolet Homage Edition signed by the Cunningham Family in Black 1:43
 
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  • Year: 1952 to 1954
  • Exterior: Black
  • Scale: 1:43
  • Marque: Cunningham
  • Dream Disengaged Availability: Sold-Out
  • Official Release Date: March 14th 2014
  • Product Code: 43C011 (formerly AM-CUN-C3C-HE)

Most manufacturers build a road car and then take it racing. American sports-racing pioneer Briggs Cunningham (manufacturer of America’s only sports car up until the Corvette) took a different road. He gained notoriety for cobbling together a motley array of parts into some unusual—sometimes downright monstrous—purpose-built racing machines in his attempt to win Le Mans. Not until later did he evolve his operation to include deliberately road-bound efforts. The 1952 Cunningham C3 is of the latter category. Nominally an evolution of his C1 and C2 race cars, the C3 was conceived as a dual-purpose street and track machine but was never actually raced. Designed as a coupe, a handful of beautiful cabriolets were added in 1953-54.The C3, like its predecessors, relied on Chrysler’s mammoth—and powerful—331ci Hemi V-8. Tuned to produce 235hp and a mountain of Hemi torque in a cabriolet weighing around 2800 pounds, its performance had few rivals despite being backed by a column-shifted semi-automatic gearbox.

Although entirely American in provenance, C3 had a somewhat more ‘Italian’ flavor than previous Cunninghams. Appropriate, given that the Giovanni Michelotti-designed aluminum coachwork was actually crafted and installed by Vignale in Turin, Italy on complete rolling chassis delivered from Cunningham’s West Palm Beach factory. It is unquestionably Cunningham’s most refined and elegant creation—the perfect choice for replication in scale by Automodello. The model is patterned after the C3 Cabriolet owned by Cunningham Family, a two-tone red with a tan interior (sold after Lucie's passing by the family). It is being released exclusively as a 154-piece Tribute Edition and 24-piece Homage Edition, with a hand-numbered certificate of authenticity endorsed and signed by the Cunningham Family.


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