A trio of Cunningham C-3 Coupes will star at this weekend’s Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance in celebration of Chrysler’s iconic Hemi engine.
A 1952 example, the only C-3 factory-fitted for racing, which having been rescued in 2004 from South America before being subjected to a five-year restoration, will line up alongside a barn-find example at the Westport, Connecticut event on 18 September.
The pair – two of just 25 C-3 Coupes made - will be joined by a 1953 example that’s been in the hands of the Cunningham family since new.
The Vignale-styled beauties share Chrysler’s potent Hemi FirePower V8 engine and will feature in a class dedicated to American and European cars powered by the legendary unit, with other class standouts including a 1956 Chrysler 300B and a 1957 Facel Vega FV2B Cabriolet.
Other highlights will encompass a 1952 Kurtis Kraft 500A that was built around a 331cu in Hemi to take on the Indy 500, and which prompted the rewriting of competition rules to eliminate it, while visitors can look forward to hearing a Hemi in action, thanks to the statically-mounted, but running, 331cu in engine organisers plan to have on display.
The concours will also celebrate the golden anniversary of Jaguar’s seminal E-type, plus Isotta Fraschini and Formula 1 icon, while the spread of classes covering the than 175-plus cars on display will extend to groupings for Woodies as well as barn-find and preserved original cars.
See Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance for more.