Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Sunbeam Alpine Harrington Coupe

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Rozenburg, Holland
    Posts
    27,322

    Sunbeam Alpine Harrington Coupe

    Sunbeam Alpine Harrington Coupe.

    In 1959 Sunbeam presented its Alpine Roadster, as a direct competitor for the MGA. The car was built as a unitary steel body, but the suspension was following conservative wisdom with a leaf sprung life axle. Engines varied from 1500 cc to 1725 for the last versions.

    The most famous version of the Alpine is the Tiger fitted with 4.2 litre Ford V8. Another lesser known version is the Harrington Coupe, designed by coach builder Harrington on the basis of the roadster. It generated a little more space than the factory hardtop which was available for the roadster.

    The engine was tuned by George Hartwell, and power increased from 78 to 89 BHP and ultimately 104 BHP. The car was made famous when it successfully participated in the 1962 Le Mans 24-Hours. Since then the type became known as the Harrington Le Mans Coupe. There were two series, A and B. Overall exact 400 examples were produced.

    Here are two, one at the Silverstone Historics in 2005, and one at Retromobile 2005 in Paris.
    Attached Images Attached Images
    "I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting, but it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously." Douglas Adams

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Posts
    1
    I would like to make a minor correction to this post. The Harrington Alpine shown in your pictures (3000 RW) that won the Index of Thermal Efficiency at Le Mans was actually in 1961 and not 1962. There were more than 2 types, or series as we call them, of Harrington Alpine produced. The Harrington Alpine, The Harrington Le Mans, The Harrington Alpine Series 'C' and The Harrington Alpine Series 'D'. In total there were less than 400 examples. We estimate 384 units. Please visit www.harringtonalpine.org for information regarding these cars and current registry of survivors.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Rozenburg, Holland
    Posts
    27,322
    Hi Allan,

    Welcome to UCP

    Thanks for the update and corrections. Just wondering, last year I saw a Harrington Tiger being auction off at RM in Monterey. Was that a factory version or an aftermarket conversion?

    Pieter
    "I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting, but it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously." Douglas Adams

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Rozenburg
    Posts
    9,667
    Quote Originally Posted by henk4 View Post
    Just wondering, last year I saw a Harrington Tiger being auction off at RM in Monterey. Was that a factory version or an aftermarket conversion?
    http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/frame...hp&carnum=2548
    If you should see a man walking down a crowded street talking aloud to himself, don't run in the opposite direction, but run towards him, because he's a poet. You have nothing to fear from the poet - but the truth.

    (Ted Joans)

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    16
    A contibution to oddballs.
    An Austin Sheerline replacement proposal which luckily never saw the light of day.
    Wine is proof that God exists and loves us and wants to see us happy

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Posts
    4,031
    Harrington Le Mans at Canberra, Australia in 2009
    Attached Images Attached Images

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    16
    Interesting picture of the Harrington rear door.
    Looks like a fhc E-Eype's
    Wine is proof that God exists and loves us and wants to see us happy

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Posts
    16
    With reference to the odd looking Sheerline above I have heard that Austin experimented with a turbine engine version.
    Does anyone have further info or pictures or was it just an April fools prank?
    Wine is proof that God exists and loves us and wants to see us happy

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Location
    Rozenburg, Holland
    Posts
    27,322
    I found this

    Gas Turbine
    "I find the whole business of religion profoundly interesting, but it does mystify me that otherwise intelligent people take it seriously." Douglas Adams

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    2
    Love the Alpine Roadster! Super-love the Harrington Coupe!

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Jaguar Advanced Lightweight Coupe Concept 2005
    By Matt in forum Matt's Hi-Res Hide-Out
    Replies: 38
    Last Post: 07-17-2006, 01:54 AM
  2. Mazda Roadster Coupe
    By Matt in forum Matt's Hi-Res Hide-Out
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 05-04-2006, 10:11 PM
  3. BMW Z4 Coupé Concept Car 2005
    By Colin17 in forum Matt's Hi-Res Hide-Out
    Replies: 37
    Last Post: 02-09-2006, 03:54 AM
  4. HSV Coupe 4
    By Matt in forum Matt's Hi-Res Hide-Out
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: 10-02-2005, 07:21 PM
  5. Bentley Drophead Coupe
    By silverhawk in forum Multimedia
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 01-06-2005, 05:45 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •