Lot C509


1961 Vanden Plas Princess
Reg. no. 730 CXH
Chassis no. VDM 414955
Engine no. 14936
Launched as the Austin A135 Princess in 1952 and re-branded as a Vanden Plas in 1960, this large 4-litre limousine represented the last in the line of large luxury Austins. Although using Austin underpinnings, the car was actually built at the Vanden Plas works in Kingsbury in North London, an arrangement that would continue right up until the end of production in 1968. Extremely luxuriously appointed, with plenty of polished wood and thick carpeting, the Princess was not aimed at the general market – the options of monograms and a flagstaff attested to that. Instead, it was aimed at heads of state, dignitaries, and other customers who required a dignified car in which to be seen and transported. Although not sports cars by any stretch of the imagination, by the early 60s Princesses could reach about 85mph, although the big 4-litre straight six and automatic gearbox were more intended for refined, smooth progress. They proved excellent at this, and Princesses are still a popular choice as event cars, particularly for weddings and other such occasions where their air of timeless British luxury provides a touch of class.
This 1961 Princess was originally owned by a shipping company as directors’ transport. After that, it was used for many years for weddings. At some point before 1974 the original cloth upholstery in the rear was replaced with imitation leather; the front compartment retains its original leather. Originally black, the car has gone through several resprays before reaching its current colour scheme. It is in good sound condition bodywork-wise. The engine has been converted to run on unleaded fuel. These cars represent value, not least when one considers they can seat eight people, and this one looks ideal for either a return to work, or as a luxury classic with space for all the family. It comes with service history back to 1974, plus a V5C.

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£3,000 - 4,000

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