Vanden Plas Princess 1100

The Vanden Plas Princess 1100 was known internally as codename AD O16. This was a small family car built by the British Motor Corporation, and later by British Leyland. The vehicle was in production from August 15, 1962 until June of 1974. Over the years, the range was expanded to include several rebadged versions, which included the twin-carbureted MG 1100, the Austin 1100 and the Wolseley 1100. Throughout the 1960s, the ADO16 was tirelessly the UK's best-selling car. Further, in 1964 the 1100 was Wheels magazine's Car of the Year. In 1966 came the estate version, which was called the Countryman in the Austin version and the Traveller in the Morris one. The ADO16, which stood for Austin Drawing Office project number 16, was designed by Sir Alec Issigonis. After his success with the Mini, Issigonis set out to design a more sophisticated car that would incorporate even more advanced features and innovations. Thus, in common with the Mini, the ADO16 was designed around the BMC A-Series engine, which was mounted transversely and driving was from the front wheels. The model had disc brakes at the front, which were not common on mass produced cars in the early 1960s, and the suspension system used was the Hydrolastic interconnected fluid system designed by Alex Moulton. In October of 1963, the introduction of the Vanden Plas 1100 took place. It was the top of the range model with a walnut-veneer dashboard, picnic tables in the back of the front seats, Connolly hide leather upholstery, Wilton carpets and West of England cloth headlining. Forgetting about the other features, the picnic tables in the back seat are really a great addition. It is really just too bad that these are not still offered today – they sure would make that carryout a lot less messy.