Welcome to the world of Sunbeam
This is the story of the Sunbeam Harringtons, its makers,
its variations and the people who still love it today. Above
you will find links for each model
of Harrington Alpines produced by Thomas Harrington Coach Builders
Ltd, England from 1961 through 1964, the original Harrington
Alpine, the Harrington Le Mans, the Harrington Alpine Series
"C" and the Harrington Alpine Series "D".
In addition you will find links with information discussing Harrington
history, technical details and current
day registry information
including pictures of surviving cars. Our goal is to continue
adding literature, letters and stories all designed to separate
fact from fiction regarding these scarce Grand Touring automobiles.
Above: Oliver Bridgman's superb Harrington Alpine
on the prize winning Alpine/Tiger stand at the NEC Classic Car
Show in November 2022 (Oliver also designed the stand graphics)
What makes Sunbeam Harringtons different?
In total there were less than 400 Sunbeam Harringtons built
by Thomas Harrington Ltd., based on the Sunbeam Alpine Series
II, Series 3 and Series IV chassis provided by Rootes Ltd, England.
In addition to adding a permanent "GT" style fibreglass
roof, Harrington offered 3 different stages of George Hartwell
performance tuning to the standard 1592cc Series II Alpine engine,
as well as custom options to meet the buyers personal tastes
on at least 2 variations of the Sunbeam Harrington. This made
the normally open Sunbeam Alpine sport into a brilliantly styled,
performance-minded fast back coupe, which was exclusively tailored
for the most serious of auto sporting enthusiasts.
This website is maintained as a source of information and
guidance for owners and those interested in the history of the
cars and is operated on a voluntary basis to the best of our
ability. We respect the rights of individuals to protect their
'online' rights and we welcome comments and suggestions which
will help us improve and correct errors and/or omissions. We
may not necessarily agree with or endorse opinions expressed
in articles that are published here. The site is supported by
both the SAOC and the SAOCA.