The name of Vanden Plas is one of the oldest in the motor industry, dating back to the end of the 19th century. Here we look at how it came to be part of the sprawling BLMC combine, and how despite its mixed fortunes over the years, the name has never really gone away…
The name of Vanden Plas is one of the oldest in the motor industry, dating back to the end of the 19th century. Here we look at how it came to be part of the sprawling BLMC combine, and how despite its mixed fortunes over the years, the name has never really gone away… THE […]
Between the two World Wars, the Vanden Plas factory at Kingsbury saw some very prestigious motor vehicles indeed – particularly Bentley, but also Alvis, Rolls Royce, Lagonda and others. A potted history THE Kingsbury Works originally sat in the grounds of Kingsbury House, a Nineteenth Century house at Kingsbury, near Harrow in north-west London, which […]
Vanden Plas produced a variety of prototypes based on BMC/Leyland models. One of these used the Austin X6 as its donor car.
Vanden Plas prototypes The coachbuilding firm of Vanden Plas had been purchsed by Austin in 1946, and thus became part of the BMC empire that was created by the merger of Austin and Morris in 1952. Until the end of the 1950s, the factory at Kingsbury in north-west London was chiefly used for the production […]
For 2007’s final Car of The Month, we take a look at a rather special ADO16 – one you couldn’t buy an IM3 in the UK, but it is now seen as the ultimate collector’s item for anyone with 1100s in their blood… German BMC>MGR enthusiast, Alexander Boucke, managed to secure a prime example to […]
ALTHOUGH there have been several Cars of the Month featuring the Vanden Plas script, or the Princess crown badge in the past, we have yet to feature a car with a true link to the Kingsbury factory… This particular car, owned by Karin Lukaszewicz from Aachen in Germany, features an additional novelty BMC had to […]