CUNNINNGHAM C-1: THE RACE TRAINER
In 1951 Briggs Cunningham built his first sports car to train his drivers at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Briggs Cunningham became famous in sports car racing not only for his driving skills but also for being one of the founders of the Sports Car Club of America and for his sports team that has raced numerous times in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The C-2R built for the 24 Hours of Le Mans
The first time the team took part in the race was in 1950 with two Cadillac Series 61, but already in 1951 the decision was made to build their own cars to compete.
The cars, called C-2R, were built with great difficulty using components of the most disparate brands and to avoid damaging them during the tests on the Circuit de la Sarthe Briggs he also built a simplified road model to train its drivers.
Called C-1, it was based on a tubular steel frame covered with an aluminum body and was equipped with a Chrysler FirePower V8 5.5 16V engine managed by a three-speed manual gearbox and combined with rear wheel drive.
After testing at the 1951 24 Hours of Le Mans, the car was used as a base to develop the subsequent Cunningham C-3 built in 1952.
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