Friday, May 25, 2012

1965 Vanden Plas Princess 4 Litre R

I wrote about one of these almost 3 years ago. I haven't seen another one come up for sale since. For the sake of time - and because there really isn't anything new to add - I'm going to copy what I wrote in the earlier Vanden Plas post ...

During the late fifties and early sixties, Rolls Royce and BMC discussed some joint projects. One involved a smaller, less expensive Bentley. That idea was ultimately scrapped, but it was the seed for the Vanden Plas Princess 4 Litre R.

The Pinninfarina styled Vanden Plas Princess line had been around since 1959. In 1964 the body got a slight restyle. The tail fins were eliminated, giving the back end an almost Mercedes or Lancia look. (Depending on what angle you looked at it.) The front end remained very similar to the earlier cars. (The nose was later copied by Volvo for their 164) The biggest change in 1964 was the addition of the letter "R" to the name. That "R" meant that there was now a Rolls Royce engine under the hood (bonnet).

The 4 liter Rolls Royce engine gave the car some decent power and, like all Rolls Royce engines, was smooth running and quiet.

The interior of the Vanden Plas Princess 4 Litre R featured everything you'd expect in a 60s British luxury car, including "picnic" tables.

There were around 7000 of these cars made between 1964 and 1968.

This car needs restoration, but it has a lot going for it. It runs and it's not missing many pieces. That's huge when you're talking about a rare RR engine and a limited production car.

The seller says it has "no major rust", although it looks like it has a lot of surface rust. It needs a gas tank and a muffler, which may indicate that it's rusty underneath.

This would be a very nice car to see restored and at car shows.

Located in San Diego, CA, click here to see the eBay listing.


Graham Clayton said...

The only time that Rolls-Royce allowed one of their engines to be used by another manufacturer.

8E45E said...

Not true. International Harvester used RR engines in their big rigs, as did a number of big truck manufacturers.

Graham Clayton said...

I meant passenger vehicles.