1960 Corvette Le Mans Heads Motorsport Lineup at Amelia Island Auction

>Legendary Ex- Briggs Cunningham 1960 Chevrolet Corvette Le Mans will be a highlight at RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island Auction that will feature an impressive catalog of performance-bred sports and racing cars.

RM Sotheby’s will be hosting their Amelia Island auction on May 22 at the Ritz-Carlton where a distinguished lineup of highly coveted motorsports cars will feature during the event. 

Taking center stage during the event will be a 1960 Chevrolet Corvette Le Mans that represents a huge milestone in American motorsport history. 

1960 Ex-Briggs Cunningham Chevrolet Corvette

Estimate: $900,000 to $1,300,000 / No Reserve

Theodore W. Pieper ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

The example on offer is one of the three Corvettes that American privateer Briggs Cunningham ran. It was developed with the assistance of a Chevrolet team under Corvette lead Zora Arkus-Duntoy in preparation for the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Cunningham Teams Chevrolet Corvettes at Le Mans 24 Hours, 1960

The C1 Corvette, chassis no. 3535, was Cunningham’s final attempt to achieve his goal of conquering the most challenging race in the world using an American vehicle while being driven by American drivers.

Chassis 3535 was run at the 1960 Le Mans wearing the #1 livery with Bill Kimberly at the wheel. Unfortunately, on the 23rd lap, their hopes of victory were dashed when the car was forced to retire due to an accident. The Cunningham team on the day, however, achieved an impressive class victory through John Fitch and Bob Grossman driving the #3 livery.  

The example had been thought lost until it was rediscovered in 2012. The Corvette, under private ownership, underwent extensive modification but kept many of its existing features that enabled confirmation of its historical provenance. 

Theodore W. Pieper ©2021 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s
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By: Sports Car Digest
Title: 1960 Corvette Le Mans Heads Motorsport Lineup at Amelia Island Auction
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Published Date: Tue, 30 Mar 2021 08:16:29 +0000

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