1954 Cunningham C-3 Vignale Coupe – The Star Of The Show

1954 Cunningham C-3 Vignale Coupe

James W. Taylor from Gloversville, New York is the proud owner of this 1954 Cunningham C-3 Vignale Coupe that has been restored multiple times. Its latest restoration was finished in 2015 that took several years to finish, and now features a classy silver and grey finish that captivated everyone during the Misselwood Concourse d’Elegance last July 23-24 2016 where it outshined more than 100 other contestants and won the Best in Show award.

This Cunningham C-3 with chassis number 5442 is the 2nd to the last coupe delivered from Vignale to the West Palm Beach Cunningham branch in Florida. The first owner of this coupe who bought it in 1954 was also from New York. Originally, it came out of the factory with the heater option and Ford radio as ordered by its first owner, R.L Parish who enjoyed driving it during summer and winter seasons.

The Cunningham C-3 features the original 331 cubic inch Hemi V8 engine.

1954 Cunningham C-3 Vignale Coupe engine

In 1964, 10 years after it was original bought, the Cunningham C-3 had already travelled throughout the country. After a short while, the coupe was believed to have been “crashed by a dentist’s wife,” and was out of commission. H&M Auto Wrecking from Oakland, California received the wrecked coupe and had it repaired. The revived C-3 was then bought by Paul Rawn and was regularly used together with his Cunningham C-3 Cabriolet. It remained in Paul’s ownership until 1974 when it was bought by William Cattell who was a car collector. In 1975, the Cunningham C-3 was completely restored for the first time and was shown to the public again during the 1976 Silverado Concours d’Elegance and won its first award, The Best in Show.

The next owner of the coupe was David Willison and was then passed to Robert B. Cunningham who is the grandson of Briggs Swift Cunningham. The C-3 stayed in Robert’s ownership until 2000 and by 2003, it was purchased by its present owner who had it completely restored several years after. The restoration finished in 2015, and was able to join the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance of the same year, it was the 2nd best for the Postwar Cunningham class. The coupe again competed at Amelia Island and won Best in Class. It also joined the 2016 The Elegance at Hershey and won the Executive Director’s Award. Its latest award the Misselwood Concours d’Elegance Best in Show and judging from how much it has achieved so far, it won’t be the last award.

Here are some of the other classic cars that joined the Misselwood Councours d’Elegance that the 1954 Cunningham C-3 Vignale Coupe was able to outshine.

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