Badly crashed in a 1984 VSCCA race.
In 1983 the engine was rebuilt but in 1984, during a VSCCA (Veteran Sports Car Club Association) race in Pittsburgh it was nearly destroyed. “I badly crashed it”, conceded Henry, “and then I restored it”, added with pride our enthusiastic friend from the U.S.A. “The brilliant restoration was done in Italy by Salvatore Diomante of Autocostruzioni S.D.” stresses Henry, as to suggest the car was made by one of the most experienced and talented men in the restoration business.
It took eight years – between 1985 and 1992 - to complete the job because, after long meditation, Henry decided to restore the 3000 CM to its original Colli bodywork. Once ready to go the car was brought back to the daylight at the 1993 Mille Miglia and then shipped to the United States where it was seen again at the 1998 Monterey Historic “Pick of the litter”.
“The performance of the car is astonishing and the road hold is exceptional”, commented Henry W. Wessells III, who said, “it is the best road going car of the early fifties, approached only by the Lancia D26, according to a distinguished California restorer”.
Since we saw the car at Diomante’s shop Mr. Wessells has sold it to Lawrence E. Auriana, an Italian car collector who lives in Connecticut, USA, for whom Phil Hill has been driving the AR 6C 3000 CM at Monaco, Le Mans and Monterey in recent years.