Back before Pratt & Miller had established themselves as a force within world-wide endurance racing circuits, a team of enthusiasts were doing the best they could with a solid-axle Corvette – three in fact.
Sixty years ago, Briggs and Corvette’s first engineer, Zora Arkus-Duntov, joined together with three specially-equipped Corvettes to take on the world at the famed Le Mans endurance race in France. Team Corvette fought hard throughout the 24-hour endurance race and as the checkered flag fell, only one Corvette entry was still running. Corvette #3 was battered, bruised, and barely running, but it finished 8th overall and was first in its class!
The little blue and white Corvette had put America’s Sportscar on the map, and as quickly as it appeared, the car then slipped into obscurity and was sold as a daily-driver. The car resurfaced years ago, and a Michael Brown documentary called “The Quest” digests the car’s subsequent unearthing, restoration, and trip back to Le Mans for the 50th Anniversary of its historic win.
Chip Miller, the collector who commissioned the restoration of the Cunningham Corvette #3 and envisioned taking the car back to Le Mans never saw his dream come to fruition. He was struck down in 2004 by a little-known disease called amyloidosis. Since then, his son Lance has carried on as the car’s caretaker and co-owner of Carlisle Events, which his father started with long-time friend (but no relation) Bill Miller. Lance also started the Chip Miller Amyloidosis Foundation (CMAF) to help awareness of this little-known killer that took his father. Since then, the CMAF has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help raise awareness and find a cure.
This year, as we eclipse the 60th Anniversary of the #3 Corvette’s win at Le Mans, the CMAF is offering a Limited Edition 60th Anniversary Cunningham C8 Corvette which has been breathed upon by the folks at Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and features many modern cues which herald back to its racing heritage. The car now features 600 horsepower, almost double the #3 Corvette’s fuel injected engine could produce.
Only 60 of these special 60th Anniversary C8 Cunningham Corvettes will be produced. Each will be numbered to commemorate the 1960 Le Mans-winning Corvette and each VIN will be entered into the Cunningham Registry. This vehicle is number 33 and can be yours with your sweepstakes entry today.