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1920 Cunningham Car - one of kind roadster for sale


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1920 Cunningham roadster for sale. This is the only surviving Cunningham roadster. A Version 4 of the Cunningham Cars that is running and almost entirely original---never restored. Family is the second owner since they purchased it in the 20s. Only entertaining offers above $100,000 at this time to get an idea of interest.

Here is a bit of history on the Cunningham cars as found on Jay Leno's Garage web site:

In 1929, the price of the average American car - a Ford, Chevy or Dodge - hovered at around $1000. A top-of-the-line Cadillac would set the buyer back about $5,000. Meanwhile, a Cunningham car, like the car in the picture, had a retail price exceeding $9,000. With such a high price, the market for Cunninghams was somewhat limited.

Cunningham cars, built by James Cunningham & Company of Rochester New York, were usually of very large proportions. Each car was hand-built, made-to-order, with a clean, simple and conservative design. Cunningham owners included many well-known celebrities including Mary Pickford, Harold Lloyd, Cecil B. DeMille, and Marshall Fields.

Link to above information source page:

http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/your_garage/cars/7919.shtml

Other Cunningham Car history of interest: A Cunningham roadster set the 1919 American speed record.

One of the greatest boosts to the Cunningham reputation occurred on November 17, 1919 when race driver Ralph DePalma set American speed records at Sheepshead Bay, New York, for distances of 6, 8 and 10 miles. He drove a stock Cunningham roadster, which was stripped of its fenders, bumpers, spare tire and other appurtenances, at average speeds of over 90 miles an hour. Those records, and a later 24-hour endurance record, sold quite a few cars of this model at the base price of $6,200, and a number of them were made. These were in a way the pace setters for the well-known "boat-tail" roadsters which became popular in the 1920's.

Link to above information source page:

http://www.s363.com/cunningham/morris.html

Link to photos web site of the Lewis family Cunningham Car:

http://www.netaverse.net-a.googlepages.com/lewis-family-cunningham-car

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Sorry we didn't originally post contact information here because we thought interested people would send messages to us or any forum poster by clicking on the underlined name of that member found at the beginning of any forum posting. We just today realized that when some of you did click our name to send a "PM" message it was not forwarded to our personal home email.

To contact David Lewis via a toll free call please click this link: Toll free dialer to David Lewis. The link will take a good time to load and then when you fill in your telephone number's last four digits just hit the return key---don't click the "Click here" button since it does not work in some browsers.

In the meantime we will soon call the phone numbers that have been posted below now that we saw them. Added Friday March 13 2009.

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Sorry we didn't originally post contact information here because you can send a "PM" mail to us or any forum poster by clicking the underlined name of that member found at the beginning of any forum posting.

But to contact David Lewis via a toll free call please click this link: Toll free dialer to David Lewis. The link will take a good bit of time to load and then when you fill in your telephone number's last four digits just hit the return key---don't click the "Click Here" button since it does not work in some browsers. When your phone rings and you answer it wait a couple seconds and your phone will begin to ring our home phone.

In the meantime we will soon be calling the phone numbers that have been posted above, now that we viewed these reply posts. Thanks for your interest.

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In response to West Peterson prompt to post contact info:

Contact phone number link added to the original post and in the post above here. You can also send us a "PM" (Private Message) by clicking on the underlined name at the beginning of our original topic posting (top of this page). Thanks for your interest.

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Hello Rick Abbot,

Michael Krieger of New York now owns the never restored 1920 Cunningham you sold and he lists the car as a Boattail Speedster. James Cunningham & Company designated this Cunningham body type a Roadster. It has a rumble seat. The Cunningham Speedster body does not have a rumble seat and narrows to a sleeker Boattail point.

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