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    Junkyard Find - Vanden Plas Princess

    While searching my local junkyard today, I came across a 1964 RHD Vanden-Plas Princess. I have never seen one of these before, and initially I thought it was a Mercedes. It was just a shame that the car was totally shot. Someone had installed a Nissan engine (side draft carbs) bolted to the original transmission.

    I was going to snap a picture of it, but the junkyard nazi's told me that cameras are not allowed (not sure why).

    I managed to snag the grille, horn push emblem, and the clock out of the car along with a few switches that might find new life in my B.

    I have a picture from the web just to show that they looked like.
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    Re: Junkyard Find - Vanden Plas Princess

    I had done a bit of work on one of those a while back. It had an F head engine of Rolls Royce design and similar to the Land Rover 4 cyl from the 50s. I was never really happy with the rest of the car except that build quality was very good.
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    Re: Junkyard Find - Vanden Plas Princess

    Hello Ron,

    it is a Van Den Plas, but I think the Princess model was the front wheel drive 1100\13300 model?
    The one in the picture is based on the Austin A110 Westminster model with, as Donn says, a 4 litre Rolls Royce engine.

    Van Den Plas were coach builders but BMC took them over and used the name on their more luxurious models.

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    Re: Junkyard Find - Vanden Plas Princess

    Hi guys, The Vanden plas princess was sold in 3litre and 4litre versions with a completely different tho similar body. the 3 litre version was an upmarket austin A110 with much better trim, and an alloy rocker cover which seals much better than the usual pressed tin version. That where the works got their alloy rocker covers for the works cars

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    Re: Junkyard Find - Vanden Plas Princess

    Wish it were closer - that was BL badge engineering at its finest...there are some things off it I could use on my '60 Mk III MG Magnette!
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    Re: Junkyard Find - Vanden Plas Princess

    like what?

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    Re: Junkyard Find - Vanden Plas Princess

    Quote Originally Posted by piman
    Hello Ron,

    it is a Van Den Plas, but I think the Princess model was the front wheel drive 1100\13300 model?

    Alec
    The Princess name was used on various cars over the years.

    What's the 13300 model [img]/bcforum/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/grin.gif[/img] - must go like stink - I want one!
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