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Ahh yes the Vanden Plas, with their Rolls Royce engines. I wonder how many tonnes of CO2 they generated per Kilometre?

I remember my father brought one home on one occasion. I think it had a four litre engine. Lovey car with proper leather seats and a wonderful leathery smell inside. That was long before all new cars came with the same plasticky smell.
I thought, but wasn’t sure, it was the engines. I can’t even remember which cars came in that version now though.
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I thought, but wasn’t sure, it was the engines. I can’t even remember which cars came in that version now though.
The Vanden Plas models were variants on Austin bodies if I remember correctly, and came with top specification. That was in the days before Ghia, Elite or Prestige badges had found their way onto cars.

The smaller Vanden Plas models had standard Austin/Morris engines I believe, possibly with twin carburettors, but the big Princess model came with the Rolls Royce engine.

According to Wiki "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.[1] From July 1960, these vehicles bore the name Vanden Plas Princess 3-litre, Vanden Plas having become a badge-engineered brand in its own right instead of being known as a coachbuilder for cars of other manufacturers. The 3-litre was superseded by the Vanden Plas Princess 4-litre R in 1964.

The Princess was a great deal smaller and less than 44 per cent of the price of the older Princess IV Saloon, which was also to continue until 1968.
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Wasn’t there a more modern Princess in the 70s? I remember working with someone who had one and it was a total POS!
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In all the nostalgia, don't forget about the Metro and the Allegro Vanden Plas.
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In all the nostalgia, don't forget about the Metro and the Allegro Vanden Plas.
See, I knew there were smaller versions, just couldn’t bring them to mind, although in my defence I try to block out the abomination that was the Austin Allegro.
Mined ewe, it was a ‘vehicle’ ahead of its time in that it had a flat bottomed steering wheel.
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Wasn’t there a more modern Princess in the 70s? I remember working with someone who had one and it was a total POS!
Yes, there was the 'wedge' shaped Austin Princess, which was actually quite a decent and well designed car, but like many British Leyland vehicles it suffered from appalling build quality and an unbelievably militant workforce led by Red Robbo.

I think there was a Vanden Plas version of the Princess with the usual refinements, although reliability was no better.


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Agreed, although many of the makes such as Austin, Morris, Wolsey, MG, Riley, etc. came from the same factories. Likewise Hillman and Sunbeam and some others who were part of the Rootes group.

And if you crashed one of those cars at anything above about 20 MPH you were dead!
But almost nobody owned a car! (1950s).

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...and a Brownie was something you took pics with (our 1st family camera way back when) not something you had with your cappachino in a chain coffee cafe (Starbucks etc)...

also we had our milk and some groceries delivered by an electric float van, way ahead of our time there...

you could buy a train ticket on the day which didn't cost you an arm and a leg and people where on hand to help you into the carriage and give you sound directions...

older people were respected in the community......

cinemas showed 2 films not 1 and if you were lucky when those that came out of the emergency doors you could get in for free !! (not that I did that of course)

you could walk safely to school and back (3 miles per day for me, or 6 if you went home for lunch)
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Nigel...my Dad bought a green Van D Plas version of that very car in the late 1970's was a bit of a rust bucket

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But almost nobody owned a car! (1950s).

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Maybe compared to us, Nigel is just a Young Whippersnapper and a child of the 70s ?

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That was the one Nigel, thanks.
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...and a Brownie was something you took pics with (our 1st family camera way back when) not something you had with your cappachino in a chain coffee cafe (Starbucks etc)...

also we had our milk and some groceries delivered by an electric float van, way ahead of our time there...

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you could walk safely to school and back (3 miles per day for me, or 6 if you went home for lunch)
What is the modern obsession with coffee and also water?? We’ve got a new drive through Starbucks (I think it is). I completely do not get why someone needs to drive to get a cup of weak, nasty Americanised coffee. When I was a field engineer I never craved coffee enough to want to visit a drive through. The ones offered at customer sites did the job and were free!

The train ticket thing is a complete con, foisted upon us with the idea that it’s cheaper! Overly complicated and apparently easy to fall foul of.

You’d struggle to walk safely to school now, roads around schools are an utter nightmare because of the loony women in their 4x4s picking up little Wayne or Isobel. Didn’t someone here recently say that all is needed is for the school nearest to where you live to be as good as the one two miles away etc. Or maybe bring back school buses, worked for me as a child.
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Don't use the chain coffee places so don't know what the 'taste' is like i'll take your word for it ...water i take from home in my own container, never buy bottled stuff and haven't do so for a long time..

wasn't going to mention ladies driving kiddies to school..(men do too) but yes it was very safe back then...

Also BBC televised the news not an opinion...

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Just realised i'm celebrating an anniversary today...50 years to the day that I passed my driving test, 50 years on and no points on my licence ever, no insurance claims for prangs ever, and over 1.5million miles (est) of driving safely....not sure how things will fair in the coming years with yet more and more manic drivers on the road.

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Just realised i'm celebrating an anniversary today...50 years to the day that I passed my driving test, 50 years on and no points on my licence ever, no insurance claims for prangs ever, and over 1.5million miles (est) of driving safely....not sure how things will fair in the coming years with yet more and more manic drivers on the road.

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