LOS ANGELES – Jay Leno has a 1920 Cunningham V-Series roadster in his garage. Soon other collectors will have a chance to own a rare classic from this pioneering automaker from Rochester, New York. Burbank-based Activity Auctions will offer a rare 1930 Cunningham V-7 series town car at auction on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
The large and luxurious car is being billed as a “barn find,” which seems a bit of a misnomer as it has been parked in a warehouse in Southern California since 1985. This car is said to be in excellent condition and drives perfectly. The owner has kept this car there, driving it only one time in a parade. The owner guarantees this car will start and run upon pickup.
This expensive model was the last production car made by Cunningham. James Cunningham, Sons and Co. manufactured high-quality carriages before making the transition to motor vehicles. The V-7 series, one of their most successful, was so expensive at the time that only the very wealthy could afford to buy one. Early 1920s Cunningham town cars cost more than $8,000. For 1922, Cunningham no longer listed prices, only stating “Prices Upon Application.”
Cunningham cars were built by hand, assembled to individual customer requirements. Originally built for Mr. Abraham Baer, this 1930 Cunningham has a 442 cubic-inch, 106 horsepower V-8 engine. It has only 21,965 miles on the odometer.
Activity Auctions specializes in vintage cars, vintage instruments, collectible toys and Hollywood memorabilia.
This single-lot auction will be held Oct. 30 starting at 7 p.m. Pacific Time/10 p.m. Eastern.
For more information contact Activity Auctions at 310-422-6644.