The C3 combined the best of American engineering with Italian style. The body, which is one of the most striking to be fitted to an American sports car, was designed by Michelotti Vignale and closely resembles some of his Ferrari 212s. The first C3 competed at Watkins Glen in September 1952 before being displayed across America and at the Paris Auto Show. Series production began in 1953 with 20 coupes and five convertibles being made. Each cost nearly $12 000 USD, and were as highly regarded as Ferraris in their time.