Ryan’s ‘Cunningham Sport Purpose’ story yesterday reminded me of his well-known entry previously this yr about the Cunningham Racing Corvette 1960 Le Mans #1 entry that was crashed, misplaced, bought, modified, shed, then marketed in a rough shape at RM’s Amelia Island auction (supposedly to Briggs Cunningham’s grandson) last 12 months for a whopping $758,500.
I’m not attempting to poke the hornet’s nest, as I imagine more than enough has been written about this car, but I did stumble additional facts and images of the post-crash 1962 custom rebuild on this webpage posted in April of past calendar year, one thirty day period in advance of the auction, and they are certainly really worth sharing.
“This is the ex Briggs Cunningham Le Mans 1960 Corvette that was custom-made right after they procured the Vette via “Willie” Fricke and was crafted in their South Florida garage. Much more pictures to comply with before long of component of the transformation and customizing of the ’56 one gentle fenders and customized nose and rear treatment in progress. This auto was just just lately uncovered soon after many many years in a Florida warehouse and is supposedly likely to be proven this thirty day period at Corvette Display in Carlisle, PA……”
“Rear quarter shot of the “Customized” Ex-Cunningham #1 Corvette demonstrating the revised rear treatment with tail lights on rear panel and compact bumpers relocated to centre. Also huge vent reversed scoop on removable hardtop can been viewed alongside with the recessed aspect exit exhaust just driving rear of door. These pics are from April, 1962”
“The Ex-Cunningham Le Mans Corvette #1 getting stripped of it’s race entrance conclude in prep of new fenders and custom made nose”
“Custom fiberglass function very well underway on the Cunningham Le Mans to Tailor made Roadster conversion. In this article you can obviously see the race #1 on rear of door from the 24 Hr Race and the vintage Halibrand Knock Off wheels and the side exit exhaust in entrance of the changed radius rear quarter.”
“New solitary light ’56 fenders now in area with the facet coves filled in and personalized nose becoming mocked up. Can also scarcely see the #1 on hood and the scoop employed for the race…”
“Front fender shot with side cove get the job done about full. Also can see the much larger brake drum that was run for the race and the knock off spinner and spindle.”
“Partial rear quarter displaying the fiberglass work to sq. off the greater inventory wheel radius…”
“The completed Custom made CUNNINGHAM CORVETTE now with the new nose, fenders, rear and facet cove solutions. Also, a lot more to the design and style of a ’50’s Customized with the wide whites and spinner hub caps… I will have to find out in which the iconic Halibrand Wheels went? Perhaps back to Briggs’s group or to Fricke?”