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1957-1968 VANDEN PLAS Princess 4-Litre Limousine specifications

1957-1968 VANDEN PLAS Princess 4-Litre Limousine specifications Classic and Performance Car

What had been the Austin A135 Princess in 1952 became a Vanden Plas model in 1957, the prestigious badge being regarded as a way of making it seem even more upmarket. This cut-price Rolls-Royce had much to recommend it, becoming a particular favourite of mayors and successful businessman across Britain. Its 3993cc six-cylinder 122bhp engine made it a capable cruiser, and it could be had in three body styles; saloon, six-seater limousine or landaulette. An offshoot was the Princess IV of 1956, an expensive grand touring version intended to compete with Jaguar.

Production

  • Production:
    3344
  • Price at launch:
    £3,047
  • Price (excellent)
    £7,500
  • Price (good):
    £6,000
  • Price (average):
    £4,000
  • Price (project):
    £2,000

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    26.0secs
  • Top speed:
    75.0mph
  • Power:
    120.0bhp
  • Torque:
    185.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    13.0mpg

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:
    chassis and seperate body
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual or Three-speed automatic

Dimensions

  • Length:
    5461mm
  • Wheelbase:
    3353mm
  • Width:
    1842mm
  • Height:
    1778mm
  • Weight:
    2121kgs

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