Here it is.
The Vanden Plas Princess 4-litre R.
Look at it from the outside first. It repays a good look - Vanden Plas coachwork sees to that.
Smooth, elegant lines conceal the surging power inside - but more about that later. Notice some of the finer points which go to make up the picture. The front of the car has an attractive, uncluttered appearance: here's where a car's personality shows, and the Princess R has the classic look. Wrap-round side and flasher lamps are mounted on the wings and "Fogranger" lamps fit on the side panels of the radiator grille. It is in the careful blending together of individual functional items that good coach design consists. Even the placing of the over-riders is important -and precisely right.
To maintain the overall smoothness of line, the windscreen merges easily and naturally into the roof peak. The whole effect is pleasing to the eye -exactly the intention of the designer. But this is only part of the story. Classic lines and a luxurious appearance are not enough and the Princess R, being the thoroughbred it is, adds grace in movement to its classic look at rest.
This is achieved by superb suspension, giving perfect travelling comfort and road-holding. Independent coil spring front suspension is controlled by lever-type shock absorbers and an anti-roll bar. Trunnion-mounted leaf springs at the rear are stabilised by splayed, telescopic shock absorbers.
Safe, comfortable travel at high speeds and on the longest journeys - that is the promise of the Princess R.
[Words: Vandenplas brochure ]