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Post by mikeyb1 » Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:47 pm

Customised Harrington Alpine? Saab Sonnet?



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Post by RickMW » Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:38 pm

The side of the mystery car does look as though it could have been moulded from a Sunbeam Alpine but it sits lower on its wheels and the rear wheel-arches come up higher, which is true in comparison to the Hooper SP 250 as well. The mystery car appears to have a fibreglass body, suggesting it's built on a separate chassis or spaceframe. The Sunbeam Alpine had unitary construction, being based on a Hillman Minx / Husky.

The Saab Sonnet was not introduced until 1966, the mystery car was apparently photographed in 1962. There was an earlier Saab Sonnet Mk 1 which was a sports-racing car but only 6 of those were made.

One can only see one tailpipe (or what looks like one) but if it had one on each side like a Daimler SP250, you wouldn't be able to see the offside one in the view.

This link shows a semi-transparent side image of the SP250 showing the outline of the engine. It looks like the bonnet has 3 or 4 inches clearance over the dynamo which is mounted above the front of the V8. https://www.sportscarart.com/product/daimler-sp250/



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Post by scimjim » Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:21 pm

RickMW wrote:
Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:38 pm
This link shows a semi-transparent side image of the SP250 showing the outline of the engine. It looks like the bonnet has 3 or 4 inches clearance over the dynamo which is mounted above the front of the V8.
From memory I don’t think there’s 4” of bonnet clearance to the dynamo - and the carbs, although further back, sit a good 4-6” higher than the dynamo even without standard filters fitted.


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Post by DARK STAR » Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:52 pm

I have just discovered that Harrington Alpines are not all the same ...
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Post by RickMW » Mon May 18, 2020 8:14 pm

I'm sorry I don't have any new information here but the original mystery photo throws up an interesting question to which we'll probably never know the answer.

Was the photographer taking a general street scene of Oxford St. with lots of buses when a completely unidentifiable sports coupe just happened to photobomb the foreground or was the photo taken because of the car, I wonder?



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Post by Old and Slow » Mon May 18, 2020 9:48 pm

The photo originally appeared in a book about buses, so it appears the car was incidental to the real object of desire - the London Bus!!


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Post by RickMW » Mon May 18, 2020 10:20 pm

The photo originally appeared in a book about buses, so it appears the car was incidental to the real object of desire - the London Bus!!
I know - I actually have a copy of the book which I bought as a boy in the 1960s. I remember wondering what the car was then but there wasn't an internet to search.
I was thinking that just because the picture contains lots of buses (RTLs and RTWs) doesn't necessarily mean it was taken because of them, even if it's in a book about buses.



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Post by Old and Slow » Tue May 19, 2020 11:14 am

So, if you still have the Book, are there photo credits? Although , even if the photographer was still with us he probably wouldn't remember why he took that shot in particular.
Guess we'll never know.


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Post by RickMW » Tue May 19, 2020 11:28 am

No photo credits - the caption just says "London Buses in Oxford Street, 1962." At the back of the book is an alphabetical list of acknowledgements. Even when one's ruled out Melbourne & Metropolitan Tramways Board and Portsmouth Evening News, there's still a lot of names on the list!



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