Auburn Fall

Auction Park
30 August - 2 September 2018
Lot 3191

1926 Cunningham Series V-6 Touring


$77,000 USD | Sold

United States | Auburn, Indiana



Identification No.
  • Offered from a private collection
  • One of the rarest and most desirable American cars of its era
  • Rare and beautifully proportioned factory bodywork
  • Restoration by pioneer restorer Gus Reuter
  • 106-hp., L-head V-8 engine and four-speed manual transmission
  • Ideal for mechanical freshening or a full restoration
  • Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic

Produced in Rochester, New York, form 1915 until 1931, the Cunningham was one of the U.S.’s finest luxury automobiles. Each was hand-built to individual customer order and specifications, and powered by a robustly constructed and superbly engineered V-8 with a three-main-bearing crankshaft, fully pressurized lubrication, and pumped radiator cooling, all as advanced at the end of production as it had been at the beginning. It was an outstanding, prestigious automobile, and it deserves a place in any Full Classic connoisseur’s collection.

The handsome touring offered here, one of very few Cunninghams to ever become available on the public market, has been part of its current owner’s collection for several years. While research into its history is still ongoing, it reportedly participated in the 1967 Glidden Tour, and wears a plaque testifying that its restoration was completed by the renowned Gus Reuter, one of this country’s first antique automobile restorers, noted for the superlative quality of its work. Solid and intact, the car would be immensely impressive either freshened as a driver, or as the basis for a full restoration of a grand and immensely rare Classic.