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1959-1964 VANDEN PLAS 3-Litre specifications


Farina styling reached Vanden Plas in 1959 with the 3-Litre model. The VP was top dog of the trio that also included the Austin Westminster and Wolseley 6/99. It was packed with even more wood and leather and offered silent refinement from its extensive soundproofing, which successfully drowned out the burble of the six-cylinder 2912cc C-series engine. The MkII of 1961 gave more power – 120bhp – and the ability to sail past 100mph at last, plus a four-speed floor-mounted transmission. As well as the standard saloon, a touring limousine could also be specified.

Production

  • Production:
    12,703
  • Price at launch:
    £1,396
  • Price (excellent)
    £5,250
  • Price (good):
    £4,000
  • Price (average):
    £1,800
  • Price (project):
    £500

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    17.9secs
  • Top speed:
    97.0mph
  • Power:
    108.0bhp
  • Torque:
    165.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    18.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line six
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Live axle, semi-elliptic leaf spring
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    metal monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Three-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4940mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2743mm
  • Width:
    1740mm
  • Height:
    1537mm
  • Weight:
    1530kgs

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