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Alpine Grills

Discussion in 'Featured Articles & How To's' started by AlpineIan, Dec 2, 2007.

  1. AlpineIan

    AlpineIan SAOCA Founder

    Alpine Front Grills

    by Ian Spencer

    There are two basic grille designs used on the Sunbeam Alpine. A third one, optional on the Harrington Alpines, is mentioned here as well. All Alpine grilles were finished off with an upper grill trim made from chrome plated brass. Inner grill openings were brush painted with black satin paint. 

    The optional egg box design, was only made available on the Harrington coupes and never appeared on the standard convertible Alpine. This rare grill first appeared on the Sunbeam Harrington LeMans and continued to be used on some of the Series "C" and "D". Most were equipped with the standard Alpine grilles as seen below. Don't confuse this grill with the one that appeared on the MKII Tiger. It's entirely different. Note: It has larger openings.

    Series I, Series II, and Series 3 Alpines share a common grill. It consists of four horizontal bars, set at an angle in the mouth of the car. A single chrome plated brass trim finisher covers the mounting screws and finishes off the grill opening. Most Harrington Alpines had this version of grill as well.

    Series IV and Series V Alpines changed to a grill bar with an inset badge which provided a new look and eleminated the need for a bonnet badge like the early "finned" Alpines. It should be noted that there were wo different designs for the chrome center on these grills. Series IV Alpines had a textured inset with verticle and horizontal bars, while the Series V was smooth chrome without the detailed casting. 

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