The company was founded in 1955 by Len Harrop and his wife Elsa who started out producing weaving machines from a small shed in the Victorian suburb of Brunswick. Their formula for customer satisfaction was good old Australian ingenuity and hard work.
In 1963, Len and Elsa’s son, Ron, joined the business after completing a boilermaking apprenticeship. Ron’s enthusiasm for ‘making things’ began at an early age. By the age of 10, he was welding together go-karts in the back shed. As a teenager, his passion extended to modifying cars, such as his first MGTC powered Morris Minor, his much-loved Holden EH and his famous FJ. Ron’s enhanced FJ quickly became the leader in its class for quarter-mile competitions. Originally bought for $29 from racing identity Norm Beechey, it became known as “Harrop’s Howler”.
In 1997, Harrop began supplying performance brake systems to Holden/HSV in Australia, this agreement continued through to the early 2000’s.
The company move from Brunswick to Preston in order to grow our team and production capacity. It’s here that Harrop still remains manufacturing legendary Aussie performance products.
Agreement between Harrop and Eaton Corporation was forged to become a master distributor of Eaton Supercharger and Traction Technology.
LS1 LS112 Supercharger Kit to suit VT-VZ Commodore (Pontiac GTO)
Harrop commence supply program of TVS1320 Supercharger for the V6 Toyota TRD Aurion
In December 2008 Harrop become part of the Adrad Group of companies which is an Australian family owned conglomerate of entities. As part of the Adrad Group, Harrop Engineering is a modern, world-class operation committed to technical excellence in total component manufacturing. The legacy of the Harrop family continues with third generation management team representation through our Operations Manager Tim Harrop.
In 2009, Harrop begun an almost decade long Supercharger supply program with Ford Australia, manufacturing the HTV1900 Supercharger found on the Miami V8.
To this day Harrop still supply Lotus UK with HTV1320 Supercharger Systems and unique manifold assembly for the Evora and Exige.
In 2010, Harrop enter arrangement with Forgeline Wheels to exclusively distribute their wheels across Australia and New Zealand.
The company officially opens first overseas facility in Dayton, Ohio – USA.