Vanden Plas Princess 4
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Vanden Plas
Model: Princess 4
Vanden Plas Princess 4

There is just something about the quality and care that was taken in making cars years ago. In 1966 came the estate version of the Vanden Plas Princess. It was called the Countryman in the Austin version and the Traveller in the Morris one. The Princess series was an expanse of a number of impressive models. Further, the ADO, which stood for Austin Drawing Office, 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 ADO 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 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. The Vanden Plas Princess was known internally as codename ADO. 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 ADO was tirelessly the UK's best-selling car. Further, in 1964 the 1100 was Wheels magazine's Car of the Year.

<< Back to Vehicle Index
Back To Top