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  • One of only 250 built
  • Restored in the late 80s
  • 1840cc Stage III Holbay powerplant with 4-speed overdrive transmission
  • In the same family for the last 30 years

The Appeal

Introduced at The Earls Court Motor Show in October 1961, the Harrington Le Mans was so-called after the company won 'The Index of Thermal Efficiency' Trophy at the illustrious event. The Harrington was already one of the most exclusive cars in Sunbeam's product range, but the Le Mans demanded something special to differentiate it - introducing some of the boldest bodywork Rootes ever put their hands on. 

Only 250 of them were built, half of which went to the USA. This particular Sunbeam Harrington Le Mans was one of the last cars built, and was first registered in the UK - with a comprehensive restoration completing in around 1989. It's a well-known vehicle in Sunbeam circles for its 1840cc Stage III Holbay powerplant, with two twin-choke Weber carburettors giving 140bhp.

Of particular curiosity is that, as a result, it was one of the last engines overhauled by John Read (founder of Holbay Engineering) before a tragic aircraft accident. 

This particular vehicle has been in the same family since restoration, and still looks in fine fettle. Beyond being an exceptionally rare classic, its unique provenance and that impressive Holbay engine are both bound to attract plenty of attention from enthusiasts.

History and Paperwork

  • Built in 1963
  • Registered in the UK in 1987
  • Restoration began in 1986 and completed in 1989 
  • Has been in the same family's ownership since 1990
  • Restoration was undertaken by the vendor's father
  • MOT exempt
  • Currently indicates 8,202 miles on a non-original odometer
  • Service history is fair:
    • Two V5c documents
    • A selection of MOT certificates

The Condition

  • For a car last restored in the 80s, it's a remarkable looker
  • Needs a respray, with age-commensurate wear to the paintwork
  • Some areas of corrosion, particularly to the passenger-side door
  • Chromework carries some pitting and wear
  • Roof is looking a little worn, with some rips and holes to the leather
  • Minilites in good order, with a set of Norauto tyres
  • Seats are nice and clean with only light creasing
  • Dashboard veneers are looking slightly tired
  • Original wheel and gearstick are carrying some patina
  • All instruments are bright and legible
  • Smiths dials are non-original but look in fine fettle
  • No radio currently fitted
  • Headlining in fair order with some staining

The Mechanics

  • 1,840 cc Stage III Holbay 4-cylinder powerplant
  • Two twin-choke Weber carburettors
  • Manual transmission with 4 gears
  • Overdrive on third and forth gears, 1:37 ratio rear differential
  • Engine runs but could do with a tune following a period static
  • The vendor reports that the car drives well, but that the brakes could do with a bleed

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1963
  • Make Sunbeam
  • Model Harrington Le Mans
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 82,028 Miles
  • Engine size 1840
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Tenterden
  • Location Kent
  • Country United Kingdom

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