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Normally, it's quite easy to describe a production line. One model releases another, and so on. But... not when it comes to Harrington production. The introduction dates are well known and are for the most part connected to an auto show often at the Autumn the year prior to the year of the model. This holds true for the Harrington models except the original Harrington Alpine which was first shown in March 1961. What is odd about the Harrington line is no one can tell when a model was stopped in the production line. In the Harrington case it was depending on the customers' demand of wanting a certain model. For example, a buyer could order a Harrington Alpine after the Le Mans had been introduced. Again, after the Series 'C' was presented in October 1962, the Le Mans was still under production. Both models were made parallel to each other up until the end of early 1963. The series 'D' had no official presentation date. The first one we know of today was made on an Alpine Series 3 chassis the 24th of May 1963 and registered two month later on the 25th of July. So, there was a gap of almost 6 months during which no Alpines were converted into Harringtons! During this time a new mould was made to fit the new window frame of the Alpine Series 3 and production of other conversions like Daimler SP 250 Dart (just three prototypes) and 50 copies of the GTR4/GTR4A Dove'. There were also changes in the staff and other events beginning to develop at the administration office that would change Harrington Alpine production for the worse.

     

 

Harrington Alpine (1961) - 110 Units. The Harrington Alpine was introduced in March of 1961 on the Series II Alpine body. 110 cars were made up. Production went parallel with Le Mans production up to the end of 1961. All in approx. 10 months This means 11 cars per month with some holidays in between, but most likely very few were made after the introduction of the Le Mans. Alpine serial numbers had reached B9103533 by the beginning of March. See Avery letter.

Harrington Le Mans (1961 - 1963) - 250 Units. The Harrington Le Mans was introduced in October of 1961. 250 cars were made up until the end of Series II production in Feb. 1963. All Le Mans production was completed in approximately 15 months, which means 17 cars per month with some holidays in between. The Alpine production had reached B9108685 in October just before a three weeks strike.

Harrington Alpine Series 'C' (1962 - 1963) - Approximately 20 Units. The Harrington Alpine Series 'C' was introduced in October 1962. It's assumed that 20 cars were made up until production of the Alpine Series II stopped in February 1963. That means 20 cars in 6 months built parallel with the Le Mans production, which meant a slower production speed for each model. Maybe the correct way to count is to add the two models together from October 1962, but 20 cars more or less doesn't mean so much in these calculations. By October 1962 the Alpine production had reached B9119000.

Harrington Alpine Series 'D' (1963) - Less than 6 units. The Harrington Alpine Series 'D' (Alpine Series 3) was first seen in June 1963 after a stop in the production. Alpine production had reached B922700. Not more than 6 of these rare cars were built before Series 3 production stopped in October 1963. A long time for just a handful of cars. Could this mean difficulties in manufacturing or no orders?

Harrington Alpine Series 'D' (1964) - Less than 6 units. The Harrington Alpine Series 'D' (Alpine Series IV) was first seen in March 1964. Same amount of production as the above. The manufacture of any prototypes was not necessary. The last known example was registered Oct 2nd 1964. From January to September there were probably only four made. This can only mean difficulties and problems with production or loss of interest. 

* Total = Approximately 384 units total production.

Most likely:

  • Harrington Alpines shall carry chassis numbers between B9103533 – B9109961

  • Harrington Le Mans shall carry chassis numbers between B9104381 – B9119956

  • Harrington Series 'C' shall carry chassis numbers between B9119000 – B9119956

Also: Cars have been found with chassis numbers before and after those mentioned above. These cars are very suspicious and deserve looking into, since its quite easy to put an Alpine body under a Harrington roof. In some cases, Alpines with lower or higher serial numbers could have been converted due to reasons:

  • Someone who already owned an Alpine with a lower/higher serial number could take it to Harrington Ltd., for a conversion. This is more than likely the case with the Harrington Alpines made on bodys from Alpine Series I that are known today.

  • A dealership could send a car that had been sitting on a lot with an older serial number in for a conversion.

  • Or buy the coachwork only for £240


 
 
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