1953 Cunningham C-3 Continental Cabriolet … 2nd of only 5 built!

About this vehicle

Briggs Cunningham (1907-2003) was a prominent sportsman who successfully raced yachts and automobiles. While best known for his high-performance competition cars, Cunningham also made a limited number of “street” cars. This C-3 Continental was introduced in 1952, using a modified Cunningham C-2 race car chassis powered by a Chrysler 331 cubic inch hemi V-8 engine. The tubular steel chassis was made at Cunningham’s facility in West Palm Beach, Fl. The bodies were designed by Giovanni Michelotti and built by Carrozzeria Vignale in Turin, Italy. These were very elegant cars, finished to a high standard with full leather interiors, plush carpeting (optional) wire or magnesium wheels, and other premium features. The Elliott’s car was the second of only five Cabriolets built and was exhibited at the 1953 Geneva Auto Show in Geneva, Switzerland. Our car is rare and highly prized. In 2011 it was exhibited at Mar-a-Largo in Palm Beach, 2018 in Atlanta, GA and Greenwich, CN, 2019 Hilton Head, SC and in 2020 Boca Raton, FL.



  • Engine: 1958 392 cubic inch Chrysler hemi V-8
  • Horsepower: 325 @ 4,600 rpm
  • Transmission: Chrysler “Power/Flite” two-speed automatic
  • Original Price: $17,000
  • Production total: 20 Coupes, 5 Cabriolets
  • Tubular steel chassis made in West Palm Beach, FL