Cunningham Sports Car

Briggs Swift Cunningham II was an entrepreneur, race car driver, race car builder and sports car builder. Cunningham was introduced to road racing in the 1920s and by the 1930s he was racing internationally. In the 1940s and 1950s he began building sports cars for others to race. Cunningham and Bill Spears finished fourth at Le Mans in 1952. In 1953 he won a 12 hour Sebring. Cunningham also owned a large automobile collection in Costa Mesa, California.


1953 Cunningham C3 Cabriolet
1953 Cunningham C3 Cabriolet

A few of Cunninghams high performance racing cars were adapted for the street and personal use in 1952 and 1953. In 1952, Cunningham introduced the Continental C3 road car that was equipped with a Chrysler Hemi. About 25 of these American automobiles were built at a plant in West Palm Beach, 20 coupes and five convertibles. Price – $8,000 to 12,000.


1953 Cunningham C3 Cabriolet
1953 Cunningham C3 Cabriolet

The Cunningham was known as an American hot rod with Italian bodywork. The body of the C-3 was built by Vignale in Italy and everything else in Florida. This sleek American sportster was expected to hit close to 175 miles per hour.

Other American automobiles beginning with the leter C

Cadillac – Cadillac Automobile Co. Detroit, MI 1903-1905
Cadillac – Cadillac Motor Car Co. Detroit, MI 1905-
Californian – California Motor Car Corp. Los Angeles, CA 1920-1921
Call – The Call Motor Car Company – New York, NY 1911
Caloric – Chicago Caloric Engine Co. Chicago, IL
Calvert- Calvert Motor Associates, Baltimore, MD 1927
Cameron 1902-1903 – Pawtucket, RI
Cameron 1903-1905 – Pawtucket, RI
Cameron 1905-1908 – Brockton, MA
Cameron 1908-1912 – Beverly, MA
Cameron 1912-1913 – West Haven, CT
Cameron 1914-1916 – New Haven, CT
Cameron 1917-1918 – Norwalk, CT
Cameron 1919-1921 – Stamford, CT
Campbell – Campbell Motor Car Co. Kingston, NY
Cannon – Burtt Mfg. Co. Kalamazoo, MI 1902-1906
Caps – Caps Bros. Mfg. Co. Kansas City, MO 1905
Car De Luxe – Deluxe Motor Car Co. Toledo, OH 1906
Car De Luxe – Deluxe Motor Car Co. Detroit, MI 1907-1910
Cardway – Frederick Cardway New York, NY 1923-1925
Carey – Carey Motor Co. New York, NY 1906
Carhartt – Carhartt Automobile Co. Detroit, MI 1910-1911
Carriage-Mobile – (see Summit)
Carrico – Carrico Motor Co. Cincinnati, OH 1909
Carroll – Carroll Motor Co. Strasburg, PA 1912-1920
Carroll – Carroll Automobile Co. Lorraine, OH 1920-1922
Cartercar – The Motor Car Co. & The Cartercar Co. Pontiac, MI 1906-1916
Cartermobile – Carter Motor Car Co. 1924-1925
Carter Twin-Engine – Carter Motor Car Co. Washington, DC & Hyattsville, MD 1907-08
Case – The J.I. Case Threshing Machine Co. Racine, WI 1910-1927
Cavac – Small Motor Car Co. Detroit, MI 1910
C.B. – Carter Brothers Motor Co. Hyattsville, MD 1917-1918
C. DE L. – C de L. Engineering Works, NJ 1913
Century Tourist – The Century Motor Vehicle Co. Syracuse, NY 1903
Chadwick – (3 different companies) 1904-1916
Chalmers – Chalmers-Detroit Chalmers Motor Car Co. Detroit, MI 1908-1924
Champion (1) – Famous Mfg. Co. East Chicago, IL 1908-1909
Champion – Champion Auto Equipment Co. Wabash, ID 1916-1917
Champion- Direct Drive Motor Co. Pottstown, PA 1917- 1923
Champion – Champion Motors Corp. Philadelphia, PA 1917-1923
Chandler – Chandler Motor Car Co. Cleveland, OH 1913-1929
Charter – James A. Charter Chicago, IL 1903
Charter Oak – Eastern Motors Syndicate New Britain, CT 1916-1917
Chase – Chase Motor Truck Co. Syracuse, NY 1907-1912
Checker – Checker Motors Corp. Kalamazoo, MI 1959
Chelsea – (see Welch)
Chevrolet – Chevrolet Motor Co. Detroit, MI 1911
Chicago (1) – Chicago Motorcycle Company Chicago, ILL. 1902
Chicagoan – Triplex Industries Ltd. Blue Island, IL 1952-1954
Chicago Motor Buggy – Chicago Motor Buggy Co. Chicago, IL 1908
Christie – Christe Front Drive Motor Co. New York, NY & Hoboken, NY 1904-1910
Chrysler – Chrysler Corp. Detroit, MI 1923
Cino – Haberer & Co. Cincinnati, OH 1909-1913
Clark (1) – Clark Motor Car Co. Shelbyville, IN 1910-1912
Clark (2) – Clark & Co. Lansing, MI 1910-1911
Clarke-Carter – (see Cutting)
Clark-Hatfield – Clark-Hatfield Auto Co. Oshkosh, WI 1908-1909
Clarkmobile – Clarkmobile Co. Lansing, MI 1905-1906
Classic – Classic Motor Car Corp. Chicago, IL 1916-1917
Cleveland – Cleveland Motor Car Co. Cleveland, OH 1904-1909
Cleveland – Cleveland Automobile Co. Cleveland, OH 1919-1926
Coey – The Coey Motor Co. Chicago, Illinois 1913-1917
Climber – Climber Motor Corp. Little Rock, AR 1919-1923
Clipper – Studebaker-Packard Corp. Detroit, MI 1955-1956
Cloyd – Cloyd Auto Co. Nashville, TN 1911
Club – Club Car Co. New York, NY 1910-1911
Clymer – Durable Motor Car Co. St. Louis, MO 1908
Coates-Goshen – Coates-Goshen Automobile Co. Goshen, NY 1908-1910
Coggswell – Coggswell Motor Co. Grand Rapids, MI 1911
Colburn – Colburn Automobile Co. Denver, CO 1906-1911
Colby – Colby Motor Car Co. Mason City, Iowa 1911-1914
Cole 1909-1918 – Cole Motor Car Co. Indianapolis, IN 1909-1918
Cole 1919-1925 – Cole Motor Car Co. Indianapolis, IN 1919-1925
Coleman – Coleman Motors Littleton, CO. 1933
Collinet – Collinet Motor Co. Garden City, Long Island, NY 1921
Collins – Collins Motors Inc Huntington, NY & Long Island, NY 1920
Colonial – Colonial Automobile Co. Indianapolis, IN 1917-1921
Colonial – Mechanical Development Corp. San Francisco, CA
Colonial – (see Shaw)
Colonial – Colonial Motors Co. Boston, MA 1921-1922
Colt – Colt Runabout Co. Yonkers, NY 1907
Columbia – (5 different companies) Hartford, CT 1897-1913
Columbia – Columbia Motors Co. Detroit, MI 1916-1924
Columbus – see Imperial (1)
Comet – Hall Auto Repair Co. San Francisco, CA 1906-1908
Comet – Continental Motors Corp. Buffalo, NY 1914
Comet – Comet Automobile Co. Decatur, IL 1917-1922
Comet – General Development Co. Ridgewood, NY & Long Island, NY 1946-1948
Commerce – Commerce Motor Truck Co. Detroit, MI 1924
Commonwealth – Commonwealth Motors Co. Joliet, IL 1917-1922
Compound – Eisenhuth Horseless Vehicle Co. Middletown, CT 1904-1908
Conover – Conover Motor Co. Paterson, NJ 1906-1908
Continental – Continental Motor Car Co. Chicago, IL 1907
Continental – University Automobile Co. New Haven, CT 1907-1909
Continental – Indiana Motor & Mfg. Co. Franklin, IN 1909-1914
Continental – (see Moose Jaw Standard)
Continental – Continental Automobile Co. Detroit, MI 1933-1934
Continental – Ford Motor Co. Continental Division Detroit, MI 1955-1957
Convaircar – The Consolided-Vultee Aircraft Corp. San Diego, CA 1947
Corbin – Corbin Motor Vehicle Co. New Britain, CT 1903-1912
Corbitt – Corbitt Auto Co. Henderson, NC 1912-1913
Cord – Auburn Automobile Co. Auburn, IN 1929-1937
Cord – (reproduction) 1964
Corinthian – Corinthian Motors Co. Philadephia, PA 1922-1923
Cornish-Friedberg – Cornish-Friedberg Motor Car Co. Chicago, IL 1908-1909
Correja – Vandewater & Co. Iselin, NJ & Elizabeth, NJ 1908-1915
Cosmopolitan – D.W. Haydock Automobile Mfg. Co. St. Louis, MO 1907-1910
Cotay – Coffyn-Taylor Motor Co. New York, NY 1920-1921
Country Club – Country Club Car Co. Boston, MA 1904
Courier – Sandusky Automobile Co. Sandusky, OH 1904
Courier – Courier Car Co. Dayton, OH 1909-1912
Courier – United States Motor Co. Dayton, OH
Courier – Courier Motor Co. Sandusky, OH 1922-1924
Covert Motorette – Byron V. Covert & Co. Lockport, NY 1901-1904
Covert – The Covert Motor Vehicle Co. Lockport, NY 1905-1907
Coyote – Redondo Beach Car Works, Redondo Beach, CA 1909-1910
C.P.T. – Chicago Pneumatic Tool Co. Chicago, IL 1906
Craig-Toledo – Craig-Toledo Motor Co. Dundee, MI & Toledo, OH 1906-1907
Crane – Crane Motor Co. Bayonne, NJ 1912-1915
Crane – Crane Motor Car Co. New Brunswick, NJ 1915
Crane & Breed – Crane & Breed Mfg. Co. Cincinnati, OH 1912-1917
Crane-Simplex – Simplex Automobile Co. New Brunswick, NJ 1915-1924
Crane-Simplex – Simplex Automobile Co. Long Island City, NY 1915-1924
Crawford – Crawford Automobile Co. Hagerstown, MD 1905-1923
Crawford-Dagmar – Crawford Automobile Co. Hagerstown, MD 1923
Crescent – Crescent Motor Car Co. Detroit, MI 1907
Crescent – Crescent Motor Co. Cincinnati, OH 1913-1914
Crestmobile – Crest Mfg. Co. Cambridge, MA 1900-1905
Croesus – Croesus Motor Car Co. Kansas City, MO 1907
Crofton – Crofton Marine Engine Co. San Diego, CA 1959-1961
Crosley – Crosley Motors Inc. Cincinnati, OH 1939-1952
Crow-Elkhart – Crow-Elkhart Motor Car Co. Elkhart, IN 1909-1924
Crown (1) – Detroit Auto Vehicle Co. Detroit, MI 1905-1906
Crown (2) – Crown Motor Vehicle Co. Amesbury, MA 1907-1909
Crown (2) – The Graves & Congdon Co. Amesbury, MA 1909-1910
Crowther Crowther-Duryea – Crowther Motor Co. Rochester, NY 1915-1916
Croxton – Croxton Motor Co. Massilon, Oh 1911
Croxton – Croxton Motor Co. Cleveland, OH 1911-1912
Croxton – Croxton Motor Co. Washington, PA 1912-1914
Croxton-Keeton – Croxton Keeton Motor Co. Massilon, OH 1909-1910
Cruiser – Cruiser Motor Car Co. Madison, WI 1917-1919
Crystal City – Troll & Manning Corning, NY1914
Cubster – Osborn Wheel Co. Doylestown, PA 1949
Culver – Practical Automobile Co. Aurora, IL 1905
Curtis – Curtis Motor Car Co. Little Rock, AR 1921
Cutting – Clarke-Carter Automobile Jackson, MI 1909-1911
Cutting – Cutting Motor Car Co. Jackson, MI 1911-1912
C.V.I. – C.V.I. Motor Car Co. Westerly, RI 1907-1908
Cyclomobile – Cyclomobile Mfg. Co. Toledo, OH 1920