Here’s your chance at this British classic.


When rarity combines with beauty and classic British automotive engineering, you have on your hands a valuable, collectible car. All those factors combine with this 1961 Sunbeam Alpine. A mere 110 of these cars also known as Harrington Alpines were produced for 1961, so only a lucky few have one in their possession. Since this car is crossing the block at Saratoga Motorcar Auctions, you could be part of that elite group of collectors.

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This car, chassis # B9102814, features a light blue metallic body over a dark blue interior. Accentuating that outstanding color combination is seemingly immaculate chrome trim, flaunting the many design flourishes on the exterior, including true wire wheels with knockoffs. A polished steering wheel hub and rich wood rim plus Momo shift knob showcase the excellent design which captivated car shoppers in the early 1960s.

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Proving this is truly a driver’s car, under the hood is a 1.6-liter inline-four engine with Webber carbs, which is more than enough to get this lightweight machine scooting in a hurry. The manual transmission just adds to the overall exhilarating experience of driving this classic.

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The short story behind these cars is that the body was crafted by Thomas Harrington Coach Builders Ltd. using the Series II Alpine bodies as a basis. A fiberglass fastback roof really makes these cars look sporty and provides the functionality of a coupe. That was added to a chassis made by Sunbeam while performance tuning was done by George Hartwell Ltd. Authorized Rootes Ltd. dealerships sold Sunbeam Harringtons.

If you want a crack at adding this 1961 Sunbeam Alpine to your collection, you’ll need to register to bid through Saratoga Motorcar Auctions. While you’re at it, take a look at the other cars heading to the auction block, because you never know what you might find.