Rides from the Readers: 1962–63 Sunbeam Harrington Le Mans coupe

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Hagerty readers and Hagerty Drivers Club members share their cherished collector and enthusiast vehicles with us via our contact email, tips@hagerty.com. We’re showcasing some of our favorite stories among these submissions. To have your car featured, send complete photography and your story of ownership to the above email address.

Today’s featured vehicle is a 1962–63 Sunbeam Harrington Le Mans coupe. While coachbuilder Harrington was responsible for converting Sunbeam’s trim convertibles to coupes, standard Harrington coupes retained the big tailfins of the roadster; the Le Mans models, however, lack this characteristic feature. The fastback body style derived from the two Sunbeam Alpines bodied by Harrington that raced in the 1961 24 Hours of Le Mans. One finished second in its class—an achievement Sunbeam decided to commemorate with an appropriately named grand touring model.

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Courtesy Bob and Jean Webb

This particular Le Mans coupe belongs to Bob and Jean Webb, a pair of passionate Sunbeam enthusiasts from Ohio. The couple finished restoring the Le Mans coupe last year and, judging from the “before” picture above, they’ve done a fine job. Their first stop after completing the restoration: the Tigers East/Alpines East United meet in Wisconsin to hang out with other Sunbeam enthusiasts.

The Le Mans coupe is kept excellent company by the rest of the Webbs’ Sunbeam fleet, which includes an uncommon white fastback model and a green coupe that Bob has owned since 1968.

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