Lot 250 - 1963 Sunbeam Harrington Le Mans
|Estimate||£17,000 - £21,000|
The Sunbeam Harrington Le Mans was introduced at The Earls Court Motor Show in October 1961. The Le Mans name comes from the Sunbeam win of 'The Index of Thermal Efficiency' Trophy at Le Mans by the Harrington Alpine with registration number 3000 RW in April of that same year. The Le Mans introduced some radical new coachwork that literally chopped the rear fins from the car. Taking advantage of publicity from the win at Le Mans, Rootes targeted American buyers and sent as many as half of the 250 car production to US shores. While the standard line of Harrington options were still available, the Le Mans had more standardised production and was not offered on a per-order basis like the Harrington Alpine. This meant that they were offered as a Rootes product and not an 'official conversion' and could be found on showroom floors... if a dealership was lucky enough to even get one! The Le Mans does not carry the Alpine name and is identified by its unique finless design with all units built on Alpine Series II bodies.
This Sunbeam Harrington Le Mans was one of the last cars built, being registered in April 1963. It was purchased by the vendor in 1986 and was then the subject of a complete restoration which took three years. It is fitted with a Holbay engine; one of the last engines overhauled by John Read, (the founder of Holbay Engineering) before his untimely death in a World War II fighter plane in 1992. This Harrington is well known to Sunbeam enthusiasts as one with the highest in performance; the 1840cc engine with two twin choke Weber carburettors giving 140bhp, overdrive on third and forth gears, 1:37 ratio rear differential and fourteen inch Minilite wheels. The owner has kept this car meticulously maintained throughout his ownership and has regularly driven it to his home in Spain and all over Europe on rallies; the last major outing was to Cannes in the South of France to attend the Sunbeam Alpine anniversary rally; 3,000 kilometres of trouble free motoring. Finished in red with a black vinyl roof and new black leather interior, this Harrington Le Mans is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in August 2013 and is ready to go anywhere you care to choose! A very rare classic car and a sound investment for the future.
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