Vanden Plas Princess 3-Litre (1959 – 1964) Review

Vanden Plas Princess 3-Litre (1959 – 1964) At A Glance


+Smooth and refined, a comfortable long-distance cruiser

-Thirsty, cumbersome handling, despite luxury, too similar to the other 'big' Farinas from Austin and Wolseley.

BMC's policy of badge engineering was responsible for the Farina-styled Vanden Plas Princess 3-Litre of 1959. But don't think that it's simply a Wolseley with VP badged on it - the Princess featured many bespoke parts as well as final assembly at the company's factory in North London.

The VP was head and shoulders above the Austin Westminster and Wolseley 6/99 in terms of fixtures, fitting and price. It was packed with even more wood and leather and offered silent refinement from its straight-six 2912cc BMC C-series engine. The 1961 Mk2 had more power – 120bhp – and a maximum speed of more than 100mph, as well as a four-speed floor-mounted manual transmission.

As well as the standard saloon and Countryman estate, a touring limousine could also be specified.