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Discover the Cover – February 2022: Cunningham C8 Corvette

Briggs Swift Cunningham was an American Icon, racing driver, sportsman, race team owner, and Le Mans Legend.  He is credited with creating America’s first modern sports cars after World War II and was responsible for manufacturing some of motorsports’ most storied racecars – especially, the stunning Cunningham C-4R & C4RK Le Mans racers and the beautiful 1952 Vignale bodied Cunningham C-3 grand touring sports car.  In 1958, Briggs won both the SCCA C-modified Championship, as well as, piloting the “Columbia” to win the prestigious America’s Cup sailing race that same year.

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Briggs was a dominant force in the American auto racing scene from 1950 to 1963 during which time he also built the most competitive American auto racing team of his era at Le Mans.  In 1960, Briggs was asked by Zora Arkus Duntov the “Father of the Corvette” to take three Corvettes to Le Mans to see what they could do.  That year, Briggs famously won the GT5.0 class finishing 8th overall, marking that brand’s first win in International Motorsports in the number 3 Cunningham Corvette.  

It is this effort that Cunningham Automotive Inc. is celebrating with the 60th Anniversary Cunningham Le Mans C8 Corvette’s. Only 60 of these numbered series C8s are to be produced. These very special cars are built to fully demonstrate the potential of the new C8 Corvettes prowess in a collaborative partnership with Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and Cunningham Automotive Inc.

The new Cunningham C8 Corvette is a modern supercar that starts life as a fully-loaded 3LT package with Lingenfelter 603HP, 580 ft/lb LT2 motor, Unique Cunningham Aero Package, Halibrand Style Forged Aluminum Wheels, massive Alcon Pro-System Brakes, Z51 suspension, 8-speed DCT transaxle (with Performance Ratio rear axle), lift kit, Dual Tops (Body Color and Clear), Entertainment system with HUD, GT2 sport seats with Twilight Blue seat backs & Tension Blue trim and seat belt color scheme.

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