Car: Cunningham C-3 Vignale Coupe
What makes it special: The Cunningham C-3 Vignale Coupe was a Hot Rod in a European disguise. Coming from one of the first American companies to manufacture for and compete in European endurance racing, the C-3 benefited from three C-2Rs that contested the 24 Hours of LeMans and also won at Road America and Watkins Glen. It was the only series production model manufactured at Cunningham's Palm Beach, Florida factory.
What made it famous: It was a luxury-touring coupe launched by privateer racer Briggs Cunningham that was designed by Vignale of Italy, and was equipped with a 331 cu in Hemi V8 under it's long hood. Just 19 C-3 Coupes were ever produced.
Why I would want one: It would have to be the whole "European design with an American V8" thing. It's just an awesome collaboration of style meets brute Hemi V8 power, plus being one of the extreme few to own one would be a cool thing in itself. This particular model can fetch upwards of a half-million dollars to own.
Fun fact: Most Cunningham automobiles were high-performance prototypes that Briggs Cunningham and his team built specifically for racing in the 1950's. A few that were adapted for street use were personal vehicles. Notable owners included Nelson Rockefeller and a member of the Du Pont family.
( 1952 Cunningham C-3 Vignale Coupe photo from supercars.net )
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