Bits & Pieces Two

The following book review written by Editor In Chief, Mick Walsh, comes from the October, 1996, issue of Classic And Sportscar.

"Graham Robson's time at Rootes during the 1960's makes him highly qualified to write this book.  But both models have been excellently covered by McGovern and Taylor in the past and this new title, combining both cars, offers little new.  The history is thoroughly told but the buying/ownership tips are hopelessly inadequate and rife with clichés.  The layout is lifeless, the pictures are tediously familiar, the captions often inane.  The asking price would be better spent joining one of the excellent clubs for these stylish cars."

To say that Mr. Walsh doesn't seem to care for the Robson offering is obvious understatement.  The fact that this book continues the pattern of regurgitating outdated rumor and misinformation, is very disheartening.  Revisiting (nearly word for word) the sledge hammer narrative from Bill Carroll's book, smacks of simple laziness and an apparent lack of concern for accuracy.  To claim that no Harrington Tiger was ever produced, flies in the face of "factory" records.  Records, incidentally, that were within a stones throw of the authors elbow while he accessed other materials from The Museum Of British Road Transport and you would think, documents that should have been reviewed before publishing final production figures.

For those of you who can't get beyond the stories of sledge hammers and early Tiger engine fitting, have a look at this picture.  The exhibit comes from chassis number seven, also known as AF10, and registered by Humber Ltd. as 7416 KV.  What is important here is that the transmission tunnel does not carry the production stamping stiffening ribs, indicating that this car is one of the very first "pilot production" Alpine Fords.  The insert is constructed from several pieces welded together to form the final transmission "cubbie".  It clearly is not a crude opening created with large mallets, as reported in Bill Carroll's and now again, in Graham Robson's book.  This car began life as a GT Alpine, indicated by its body number, SAL 375117, and was supplied with the second Ford produced Tiger engine - 1001-T15KL.

Happy Tigering


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