There is also the Rover SD1 Vanden Plas. Leather trim, wooden dash trim
From: Peter <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Frank Clarici <spritenut@Exit109.com>; Mike Ellsworth
Cc: Swift Justice <email@example.com>; Spridget mail list
Date: Wednesday, November 04, 1998 8:03 AM
Subject: Re: LBC list prices when new
> There were several Princesses. Yours being.....um.... commonest in the
>MG1100/1300 America "family" as Austin Princess. There was a Vanden Plas
>Princess in the 40's-50's-60's with various much larger engines.... 3 litre
>and 4 litre. I have a picture of a '48 Austin Princess 120hp 6-cyl 119"
>long ("a long wheel base is available"!!) In '48 it sold for $6325.00. This
>is the only one that I have a picture of. I've sold parts for the 4 litre
>variety, which I suspect is the $30,000 model you mentioned. The Vanden
>Plas name also comes up in the Jaguar line, even currently. I'm not sure if
>it is any more than a deluxe trim package, however. I'd like to know more.
>At 11:04 PM 11/3/98 -0500, Frank Clarici wrote:
>>Does anyone know what
>>> a Princess is?
>>Yes I know what a Princess is.
>>It is (was) basically an MG1100 with wool carpets, leather seats, fold
>>down picnick tables, fancier grille work, driving lamps, and so on.
>>I happened to buy a 63 MG Princess Vanden Plas off the back of a junk
>>car hauler for $75 a few years back. I put a battery in it and cleaned
>>up the points on the fuel pump and drove it around for a month before I
>>sold it. I entered it in 2 local car shows, it was in very good shape
>>but did need a clutch (slipage)
>>After I sold it I found out that the MKI Princess Vanden Plas was worth
>>near 30,000 dollars (US) and I sold it for the same $75 which was what I
>>paid!!! I did keep the new battery.
>>The buyer started restoration but got divorced and I think the car was
>>scrapped. I still have the original engine and drivetrain (Mini set up)
>>With the chrome Princess valve cover (which fits a Sprite)
>>The car was a 4 door MG1100 with a Mini engine (front wheel drive).
>>I wish I had restored that insted of the Mini which I really hated.
>>sorry for rambling, I hope everyone now knows what a princess was.
>1 very rough Innocenti
>(the Sprite with an accent)
>among other LBCs and 4WDBCs