Vanden Plas Princess 4 Liter R from 1965. British for Sytze. 

Vanden Plas Princess 4 Liter R from 1965. British for Sytze.
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This Vanden Plas Princess 4 Liter R is a gentleman, a luxury English limousine that will live in his garage from 2021. Sytze is not of nobility but does like the style, luxury and comfort, it is now almost a friendship relationship. It actually goes back to his childhood when the family drove British limousines such as the Austin Sommerset and the Austin Cambridge. There is always something lingering from a bygone era, and let's be honest, it evokes nostalgia, doesn't it? 

By: Dirk de Jong

Take a look at the shape of the body of the Vanden Plas Princess 4 Liter R, the two-tone color scheme, the luxurious interior. It is an absolute beauty. The English saloon came to the Netherlands in 2008 with an original mileage of 88.000 km. Many details emerged from preserved data. 

Very exceptional

There was a folder with the Vanden Plas Princess 4 Liter R containing the purchase invoice and invoices for maintenance. It also clearly indicated that the car had been driven in England for three years and that the owner then took it to the south of France. Returning to the Netherlands, a complete restoration took place in which 7 bills were found with a total amount of 20.000 euros. The Rolls-Royce engine needed no overhaul, technically it was 100 percent and the power was still sufficient. 

Stately British limousine

After the death of the owner in 2021, the car was offered on an auction site and this route took a special turn. Sytze's bid for the Vanden Plas Princess 4 Liter R was the highest, but was subsequently not awarded by the heirs and so it was put up for sale again. Again a (lower) offer was made and it was accepted(!) Now Sytze could shape his love for cars and use his masterful Briton for rides with family and friends. 

Drivers best friend

As classic enthusiasts, we tend to find an image of earlier days beautiful. For Sytze this is certainly the case given his family history. Sytze: “I wish everyone the pleasure I experience with the Vanden Plas Princess 4 Liter R. I like to have the car admired and photographed. You notice that there are still many enthusiasts with a beating heart for oldtimers and classics. The British saloon continues to shine… but so do I, with pride!” 

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  1. Had Austin Cambrige Countryman with beautiful red leather upholstery, only the engine had too little power, it was also only 1600 cc for such a large box

  2. As a youngster drove a lot in a sister of this beauty, Westminster mk 2 also from 1965. With the 3 liter and overdrive. Without power steering, beautiful this story again

    • I noticed too. I would put in a radio from that period for view and a hidden bluetooth module rnet amplifier so you can connect your smartphone. Parrot still has this I thought. This switches off the wiring to the speakers of the standard radio and then takes care of its playback with the internal amplifier. Type MKI9200
      But what a beauty of a car!!

    • No, you should hand it in at the recycling center or put it in the attic shed.
      But indeed this princess deserves better, if necessary something with a classic look. . .

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