1961 Sunbeam Alpine Harrington

Engine No. B9106090
Thursday, 16 January - Friday, 17 January 2020
Sale Price
16 January 2020
Sold Date
Lot Number
Competition Restoration
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Chassis No. B9106097; Engine No. B9106090. 1494-cc I-4. 4-speed manual. Red over blue. Hartwell Stage III tuned engine, dual Webers, black wire wheels, Dunlop Racing tires. Driving lights, muffler, roll bar, wood-rim steering wheel, wooden shift knob, stripped interior with fire system.

EVALUATION : Competition restoration | Neat racing history, once as a works-backed entry at Sebring 1962 and with Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team (NART) at Sebring the following year, where it finished fourth in class. Currently presented in its NART colors. Good older repaint with no huge chips or scrapes from its time on the track. Tidy and lightly run underneath. Slightly uneven door fit. Needs nothing, but not so shiny that you wouldn’t want to take it racing.

BOTTOM LINE : Though it didn’t have any major wins, this is a significant Alpine racing car with elegant Harrington fiberglass roof and instantly recognizable NART livery. Much of its value is tied to those Sebring appearances. RM Sotheby’s sold it in London in 2016 for £109,200 (about $145,700 at the time), and it surpassed expectations here, selling for well over its $160,000 high estimate.

by Hagerty Insider
19 January 2020
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