Van­den Plas Princess 4-Litre

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Driven -

Pro­duc­tion of the 4-Litre ceased in 1968 but the Van­den Plas al­ways seemed redo­lent of the Atlee era rather than the reign of Queen El­iz­a­beth II. It served as a ‘worka­day’ limou­sine, one of­ten seen at­tend­ing the open­ing of po­lice head­quar­ters, town halls and other mu­nic­i­pal events. Its ro­bust power plant was very well suited to pa­rade du­ties and on 20 March 1974 the 4-Litre car­ry­ing Princess Anne and Cap­tain Mark achieved in­ter­na­tional no­to­ri­ety. The VDP was trav­el­ling down Pall Mall when it was blocked by a Ford Es­cort driven by one Ian Ball. HRH’s re­ported re­sponse to the would-be kid­nap­per’s plans was ‘not bloody likely’.

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