Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance Showcases Cunningham C-3s at September Show

Sep 08, 2011, 17:50 ET from Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance

WESTPORT, Conn., Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Three of the 20 Cunningham C-3 Coupes can be seen at the eighth annual Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance on Sunday, September 18, 2011, Westport, Conn. Built in the early 1950s by celebrated race car builder Briggs S. Cunningham, these cars were his ticket to enter the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Saturday, September 17 hosts a full day of programs, too.

Le Mans' rules prevent privateer builders from competing so to establish his legitimacy and secure entry, Mr. C built 20 Coupes and five Cabriolets in 1952-53: the C-3 Series.  This year the Fairfield County Concours will feature three Coupes, all similar but no two alike: an original 1953 Coupe continuously owned by the Cunningham family; a 1952 Coupe rescued in 2004 from South America, the only C-3 factory-fitted for racing; and a "barn find" 1952 Coupe that sat idle for twenty years in upstate Connecticut.

Common to these three Coupes is the Chrysler Hemi FirePower V8 motor and the coachwork, designed by Giovanni Michelotti and hand-built by Carrozzeria Vignale, Turin, Italy. Different are their gearboxes, induction systems, chassis, and other details.

Thanks to our sponsors: Presenting Sponsor Porsche Cars North America, Tiffany & Co., Cadillac, Sports Car Market, Westport Resources, Bonhams, Moffly Media, Fairfield Motor Cars, Callari Auto Group, Miller Motorcars, Reliable Carriers, Rubin Worldwide, Gartner, Tito's Handmade Vodka, Meguiar's, Hagerty Insurance, FIAT, St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation, Automotive Restorations Inc., American Iron Magazine, Roadbike Magazine, Vintage Rallies, Automotive Valuation Services, Monticello Motor Club, Lime Rock Driver's Club, The Delamar Hotel, Monticello Motor Club, Garage Style Magazine, Attitude Garage, Gieger's Landscape Architects, Bringatrailer.com, and DBS Helicopters.

The event has raised more than $100,000 for The Drive to Treat Autism Fund for services for adults and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders through St. Vincent's Behavioral Health Services.

For further information, click here. Visit the website, www.fairfieldcountyconcours.com/FCC2011Release Cunninghams.pdf .

High-resolution images are at www.fairfieldcountyconcours.com/mimages.html.

Marianne Brunson Frisch

SOURCE Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance