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Faded Image ADMIN February 25, 2010
A Group dedicated to the Cavalier and the Grenadier For those who would like an explanation of the difference between the Cavalier and the Grenadier.
An interesting related web site can be found here; www.thcoachwork.co.uk/cav_gren.html

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U.K. Coaches. Harrington Cavalier and Grenadier. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

The company began with the construction of horse-drawn carriages. With the rise of motor vehicle, Thomas Harrington began building on motor car chassis, and prior to World War I began to specialise in commercial vehicles, buses and coaches. After the armistice the company concentrated on luxury coaches supplementing these with some single-deck bus bodies and other general coach-building activity.

During World War II they were selected by the War Ministry to build a specialised aircraft design and during their history they also produced ¼ - scale street-legal model coaches to entertain children, From the early 1930s until the mid-1950s Harrington employee and former Southdown driver Ernie Johnstone constructed 63 quarter-scale road-legal coaches to give novelty rides to young children. Many of these were powered by Villiers 125cc two-stroke petrol engines. Bodies on 12 of these working models were constructed by Harrington, the rest he did himself with two friends in his spare time.Pioneered a minibus that bus operators found practical (and legal) to use and drove-forward coach design. They had an open outlook on developments in technology and an excellent grasp of marketing opportunities and an eye for a catchy press advertisement. They nurtured relationships with customers, one at least bought nothing other than Harrington for its entire existence.

In 1965 it was decided to close the factory. Although not a part of the Rootes Group, the operations were owned by a Rootes family investment company. Production ceased in April 1966 after which Plaxton purchased spares, stock in trade and goodwill.

The Cavalier (1959–64) and Grenadier (1962-6) luxury coach bodies for underfloor-engined chassis jointly won the Classic Bus reader poll as the most stylish coach of all time.Many Harrington vehicles are preserved and Harrington devotees have a gathering of their own.

Regardless of chassis, if it's bodied with a Cavalier or Grenadier by Harrington it's in.
For further information regarding Harrington Coachwork,
www.thcoachwork.co.uk/index.html
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