Harrington Group were established in 2002. It started by husband and wife team Nathan and Ly.
Nathan has been involved in the classic car world from a very early age. His father raced cars in the UK for many years and collected various classic vehicles.
Nathan was given his first car at the age of 10. By the age of 16 he had amassed a collection of 6 old cars (wrecks!). He used to torment his poor parents by firstly driving around a field behind the house in Pembrokeshire, West Wales. As his confidence grew, he found himself regularly getting into trouble by driving around the country roads with his school mates, whilst parents were at work... At the age of 17, Nathan set up and ran Castle Motors, a small garage in Haverfordwest repairing and selling interesting and classic cars. The passion stayed and he got more involved with restoration and buying and selling classic cars. for a couple of years he specialized in importing used Porsche 911 from germany (911 Heaven ltd) he later lived in California and specialized in sourcing classic porsche and mercedes for export all over the world.
Ly spent her early life as a professional violinist, studying for 14 years before moving from Vietnam to New York in the early '90s. Since meeting Nathan and being dragged around countless classic car events, she too got the classic car bug. She now owns and drives her own 3 classic cars!
They decided to base themselves in Vietnam due to many reasons, the weather! The booming economy, the safe friendly environment, and the chance to build a unique business.
The stainless steel bumper business came from years of experience restoring cars. The amount of cars out there with rusty or bent bumpers and replacements being either so expensive to buy or simply unavailable new. Also the experience of re-chroming original bumpers. From the time involved with getting them re-chromed to the often mediocre end results.
Many people are unaware that the reason you never see Citroen DS with rusty bumpers or Rolls Royces with rusty grilles... is because these parts are factory produced in Stainless Steel!
Since 2002, a huge investment has been made in presses, tooling and equipment to produce brand new stainless steel bumpers, which can be offered with a life time anti corrosion warranty- as they simply will not rust. They are likely to be the last remaining part of the cars they are fitted to in centuries to come!
Likewise with Harrington interiors, the experience gained from restoring cars over the years and the staggering costs involved, the plan was simply to change the market place. Offering a superior kit precision made and in an unlimited choice of colour(s).
The childrens cars become a reality for a couple of reasons. Firstly, while Nathan and Ly were visiting Ayrton, their young nephew- they suprised him with an expensive luxury ride on classic car toy. However they were appalled by the low quality, and the challenge was set. To produce the best kids cars in the world. Was this challenge acheived? You decide!
Another reason for the toys, was due to Nathans previous venture in the UK of desigining and developing a Kitcar. In the late 1990s that business was quite a success story, and was subsequently sold as a going concern. It was decided to build from scratch these half sized cars, as a way to train a team of staff how to produce vehicles with the big plan of producing electric and hybrid kit cars in the future.
Since 2002, the business has grown to a fairly large concern. Harrington group now produce more than140 different types of classic car bumper, along with many other parts in many different materials. Harrington Group work closely with owners clubs and classic car specialists and are constantly expanding their range.
To date, Harrington Group have built 3 electric car prototypes, and 1 electric scooter prototype.
Harrington are currently restoring 6 classic cars, and have built up quite a large collection, awaiting restoration.
in January 2010, Harrington Group opened up a sideline business http://www.classiccars.vn which is Vietnam's first classic car hire business.
Harrington Group plan to continue increasing their range of products for the classic car world. There are also plans being formed to enroll more distributors around the globe. Harrington Group always welcome feedback, new ideas and opportunities.
Harrington Group plan to introduce a range of 3 very different electric kit cars and will offer complete hole assembly kits as well as factory built vehicles.