1977 Vanden Plas 1500 good condition ready to enjoy. SOLD
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Very nice condition, but not so nice that you are scared to drive it.
I've owned this car for nearly 6 years now and use it as my summer only fun car, going camping and attending classic shows when time allows. Although I have not had time to use it as much as I would like it has completed a couple of long journeys over 400 miles in a weekend, as well as occasional commuting and club runs, it has never let me down.
Always kept clean and serviced using modern oils.
This Vanden Plas is now tax and MOT exempt and on a run I get well over 40 mpg cruising at about 60 mph. Even using it for shorter trips in and out of town, commuting to work, etc it returns high 30s mpg. So running costs are low and spares plentiful.
It's surprisingly quiet when cruising along at 60 mph, the 5th gear helps.
This is a 40 year old car, and I will describe it honestly.
Mechanically the engine is very good, there is an oil pressure gauge fitted and it produces good pressure, hot or cold. It starts easily, runs smoothly makes no unwanted noises and pulls well.
The gearbox is good apart from the synchromesh on 4th is getting weak. Going up from third is fine, going down from 5th, needs care. It's a chance to practice your double de-clutch like the old days, or just go straight to 3rd.
I had one rear hydrogas unit replaced shortly after buying the car, as it was sagging a little. It's been perfect ever since.
Body work is above average, and it's metallic astral blue, but there are a few minor bubbles of rust and the odd chip here and there. This is fine on a car that is not driven in salty winter conditions as it never gets worse. If you want a show winner, this is not the car for you. People admire it where ever it goes, but show winners need to be 100% perfect. The wheel arches are all near perfect, in fact lots of it is very good, just not show winning perfect. It is 40 years old. It was treated with Ziebart rust proofer from new which turns out to have been a good idea.
The underside is excellent.
The interior is above average with no rips or splits in the seats and all original mats still in place. Some of the lacquer near the heater controls is peeling a little and the clock has recently stopped.
The original radio does not work, but I have a similar aged radio/cassette which was altered to take an MP3 feed that will go with the car. It is not fitted, and you will need to get speakers.
So most of the car is either very good or above average.
I've been a bit picky with the description, just trying not to disappoint anyone.
Current mileage is 68800, but I am using it so this will increase very slightly.
I have a large box file with lots of history going back to the original receipt when the car was purchased new along with a few back issues of the owners club magazine.
There is also a small box of spare parts to go with the car.
It's very hard to price these, some seem to go very cheaply, but they are nearly always rotten and some seem to go for silly money, because there will always be dreamers out there. I've tried to be realistic, because I do actually want to sell it.
I'm in Wisbech, no problem if you want to come and take a good look round it.
This is a private sale. I do own a motorcycle shop, but this was paid for with my money and will be sold by me, not the bike shop.
Selling because I don't have time to use it much and could do with the space.
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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. From July 1960, these vehicles bore the name Vanden Plas Princess 3-litre, Vanden Plas having become a badge-engineere
MOT until November.
A real curio
Requires new clutch, so not running, (was running previously) otherwise not bad. This is the extended version, has a chauffeur's partition. This car has seen various service, weddings, funerals, film and photo.
Interior is good,all the original leather seats, and carpets and veneer.
14th Jan 2021
Vanden Plas 1300 Princess Automatic. 93,000 miles. 1275cc AP automatic
Video of engine running today.
Starts, runs and drives. Gearbox changes well and brakes operate.
Needs restoration which will include repairs to floors, parts of sills and corner of boot floor plus many more
15th Jan 2021
1972 VANDEN PLAS 1300 PRINCESS.
Finished in immaculate Damask Red with unmarked dark blue leather. Automatic Transmission, only 23,000 miles recorded and only 4 owners from new. In time warp condition and remarkably original. Very hard to find better.
Free delivery to England, Wales or to any UK port. Internati
Morris Leslie Classic Auctions is delighted to bring to you this 1969 Vanden Plas 1300 Princess to be sold via online auction, Saturday 13th March 2021.
Lot No: 729
Type: 4dr Saloon
Registered: Oct 1969
Odometer: 55,264 miles Not Checked
Fuel Type: Petrol
PLEASE NOTE: Due to government restrictions announced on 4th January this auction has now been postponed until Friday 26th March 2021.
This car has been donated to the Vanden Plas Club by the owner who sadly passed away, to be sold in order to raise money for the club. It has been owned by the registered keeper sin
Olive green bodywork in nice condition, paint still shines well.
Interior is 2 tone Olive green leather seats with green carpets and walnut dashboard.
Being the Vanden Plas produced car its got all the nice touches as can be seen in the pics. (check out the rear flip down tables with cup holders!!)