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1964-1968 Vanden Plas Princess 4 Litre R


The 1964-1968 Vanden Plas Princess 4 Litre R was a reworked replacement for BMC's prestige medium-size sedan. The "R" in the designation stood for Rolls-Royce, which supplied the light-alloy F-head six-cylinder engine, a relative of the Silver Cloud unit.

Borg-Warner automatic transmission was standard on the Princess 4 Litre R, and all the luxury touches from the previous BMC-engined Princess 3 Litre were retained. By now, the trendy mid-'50s fins of the original Farina body were becoming dated, so they were sheared off. Other spotter's points included horizontal taillamps and smaller-diameter wheels.

The 1964-1968 Vanden Plas Princess 4 Litre R was not widely seen in the U.S. -- even before the advent of federal regulations -- and was only a modest seller in Britain, so finding one will be a challenge.

Pluses of the 1964-1968 Vanden Plas Princess 4 Litre R:

  • Quality trim and furnishings
  • Mechanically simple
  • British-traditional appeal
  • Vanden Plas name a plus for some
  • Good appreciator
  • Top speed up to 106 mph and Rolls-Royce engine snob appeal

Minuses of the 1964-1968 Vanden Plas Princess 4 Litre R:

Production of the 1964-1968 Vanden Plas Princess 4 Litre R:
7,087

Specifications of the 1964-1968 Vanden Plas Princess 4 Litre R:
Wheelbase, inches: 110.0
Length, inches: 188.0
Weight, pounds: 3,570
Price, new: NA

Engines for the 1964-1968 Vanden Plas Princess 4 Litre R:

TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
F I-6 3,909 cc (239 cid)175 1964-68

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