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Harrington Legionnare - un autocar faimos

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In Anglia, la mijlocul anilor '60, aparuse o moda la autocare: aceea de a avea 2 punti fata. Cele mai cunoscute tipuri de autocare sunt Bedford VAL si Harrington Legionnare, ultimul aparand in filmul "The Italian Job", realizat in 1969, cu inscriptia "Charlie Crocker's Coach Tours" pe laterale si pe spate. Diferentele sunt mici, dar conteaza: Bedford avea ferestre rotunjite cu cheder de cauciuc. Harrington dadea impresia ca ferestrele sunt un tot, despartite prin niste cadre metalice. Harrington avea turela (casuta pentru afisarea liniei), Bedford nu avea. Harrington avea 11 m, Bedford avea ~ 10 m.
Harrington a fabricat si autobuze "normale", cu o singura punte fata. - Poze cu Harrington si nu numai. Wink - detalii pe Wikipedia - in culisele filmului "The Italian Job".

The most famous coach ever! ALR 453B which was delivered new to Battens coaches of London, then eventually into the hands of the production team and it was converted especially for the film. After its epic use in the film ALR did go back to being a coach and was scrapped about 1990 after being in service with several operators, mainly in the Scotland area. The coach had to be reinforced behind the drivers seat so that when the Coopers came into the back they didn't crush the driver. Even though plating had been secured, the drivers seat was still pushed forward several inches, enough for the driver to be touching the steering wheel with his stomach!
When the Legionnaire was on it's way to Turin, it has London - Turin on the destination display above the windscreen, on the way back it had been changed to Turin - London. It also proudly displayed 'Charlie Croker's Coach Tours' logos on the rear and both flanks.

In September 1963 Harrington announced the launch of a new design. The press release in the respected trade journal Bus & Coach read as follows:

Plans are now in hand for the production of another coach body for the Bedford VAL six-wheeled, twin-steer chassis for next season. Named Legionnaire, it has been evolved by Thomas Harrington Ltd., the Hove, Sussex, coachbuilding concern, as an addition to its established range of bodies. Harrington has specialized for many years in all metal construction, and has an established department for producing glass fibre mouldings. This experience is being applied to the Legionnaire body, the structure of which is largely of light alloys and steel, with plastic mouldings for such shaped parts as the front panel, the rear corner panels, front and rear roof domes and the wheel arches. From drawings I judge the appearance of the new coach to be attractive. Three windows on both sides, each nearly 7ft. wide together with deep wrap-round screens front and rear, give promise of excellent passenger visibility. Such large areas of glass are heavy. Nevertheless the estimated weight of the 36ft. by 8ft 2½in well-equipped body with 52 seats is commendably low at 3 tons 3cwt.

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