Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Vanden Plas Princess

Words & photos - Daniel Bevis

The British Motor Company were really rather generous when it came to sharing models across brands. After their ADO16 platform appeared in 1962, it ended up being badged as an Austin 1100 & 1300 with the same numbers being found on MG, Morris and Wolseley variants; it was also a Riley Kestrel, Austin America, Innocenti IM3 and various others. They squeezed every drop of value out of that design.
The mkIII you see here is one of the more luxurious and upmarket offerings, the Vanden Plas Princess 1300. It's got a very shiny 1,275cc A-Series, walnut picnic tables for the rear passengers, and - according to the original bill of sale proudly displayed in the windscreen - such luxuries as ‘auto seat belts - £13.30’, ‘heated rear window - £8.90’, and ‘number plates - £4.50’. The dealer even went so far as to ‘supply and fit side mirror - £2.40’. Fancy.

Spotted at the Concours de l'Ordinaire - read all about it here, and there are more photos here.

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