Vanden Plas Princess 3 litre
Vanden Plas Princess 3 litre
Technical Specification

Mark & Model Vanden Plas Princess 3 litre
Year 1964
Registration plate Jersey registered
Chassis Number VB5212737
Engine Number 29VAAH7510
Engine Capacity 2912 cc
Transmissions Automatic
Mileage 86352
Body style Saloon
Interior color Grey Leather
Exterior color Black
Seating capacity 4/5
Wheels and Tyres Steel Wheels
Asking Price £ 6,950
The Princess is a version of the Austin A99 Westminster produced by BMC from 1959 to 1968, latterly under the Vanden Plas marque. The model was launched in October 1959 under the name Princess 3-litre, but from July 1960 these vehicles bore the name Vanden Plas Princess 3-litre - Vanden Plas having become a badge-engineered brand instead of being known as a coachbuilder for cars of other manufacturers. The Princess was largely identical to the Pininfarina-designed Austin A99 Westminster and Wolseley 6/99 which used the same chassis and body. The car was given its own identity with a special Vanden Plas grille (fairly square, with a thick surround and vertical slats), round headlamps and horn grilles on the front. The interior was lavish in typical Vanden Plas style, featuring burr walnut wood trim, leather seats and panels and high-quality carpeting. A division between the driver and the rear compartment was an optional extra. Initially, it was powered by BMC's 3-litre C-Series engine, developing 108 hp. A Princess 3-litre with automatic transmission was tested by the British magazine The Motor in 1961 and achieved a top speed of 99.3 mph, with a 0-60 mph acceleration time of 16.1 seconds, while fuel consumption of 21.1 miles per imperial gallon was recorded. This model was replaced in 1961 by the Mark II Vanden Plas Princess 3-litre. Styling was similar but the wheelbase was two inches longer and anti-roll bars were added to the suspension at both ends of the car. The engine was uprated to 120 hp. Better brakes were fitted and interior improvements included built-in drop-down "picnic tables" for the rear seat passengers. Options now included Smith's air-conditioning. First registered in Somerset as 641 XYD between May & October in 1964, and re-registered in Jersey on the 17th November 1968, it has remained within the same family ownership until we recently acquired it. The Princess has covered only 86,352 miles from new.
In overall good unrestored condition, mechanically recommissioned as detailed. The Princess is a very good original example, with scope to improve the condition for the next enthusiastic owner should they wish to. If required, there are a vast amount of original spare parts for the car, which are pictured. These include mechanical parts, body panels and a red interior from another car. These spares can be purchased separately, in addition to the sale price.
In good overall condition with the original black coachwork still retaining a reasonably good shine. It does have isolated areas of paint peeling and some small areas of surface rust. The chrome is in fairly good condition, complete with all wheel trims and spotlights.
The grey leather interior is original and in good untorn condition, the dash and the burr walnut veneer panels have mostly survived well. An original Radiomobile radio is fitted.
It has very recently been re-commissioned including having the braking system completely overhauled with a reconditioned brake servo and calipers and wheel cylinders fitted with new rubber seals and stainless steel inserts. Additionally, the Princess has been serviced with new air filters fitted and the fuel system overhauled. A new fuel pump and fuel lines have been fitted and the carburettors have been stripped, cleaned and rebuilt. The ignition system has new leads & caps, new points, condenser, a new started solenoid and a new battery is fitted also. The engine bay has been cleaned and the engine tuned. The car starts on the button and has a very quiet and healthy sounding engine, it changes gear smoothly with good steering and drives well on the road.
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