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Ownership Saga of the Last Unrestored Briggs Cunningham Le Mans-Raced Corvette to End at Amelia Island

Posted April 08, 2021 12:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: chevrolet corvette

Nine years ago, just before a heavily promoted appearance in front of the Corvette world, authorities suddenly seized the last unrestored Corvette out of the trio that Briggs Cunningham took to Le Mans in 1960, triggering an avalanche of lawsuits, bankruptcies, and acrimony that will soon come to an end when the Corvette crosses the block at the RM Sotheby's Amelia Island auction this May.

"This is the end of the road," said Kevin Mackay, who owns a 30 percent stake in the car. "We have no idea what it's worth, but we'll find out soon enough."

Cunningham had previously tried entering Cadillacs and even his own cars in the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, then in 1960 decided the path to success in the race lay with the Corvette. GM couldn't officially participate in motorsports events, but Zora Arkus-Duntov - another Le Mans veteran - funneled all the unofficial help he could to Cunningham. He started by allowing Cunningham to pluck three fuel-injected Corvette roadsters from the assembly line. From there, each received a full Alfred Momo race prep, and the trio made their way to France.

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