1964-1968 Van­den Plas 4-litre r

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - LARKIN’S BEST BUYS -

WHY WE LOVE IT that won­der­ful en­gine – and it’s mated to the best ver­sion of BMC’s big Fa­rina.

How on earth did it hap­pen? BMC, not short of a large en­gine or two in its mas­sive port­fo­lio, had been hav­ing cosy chats with Rolls-Royce about a num­ber of things in the early 1960s. A ma­jor tie-up never hap­pened apart from get­ting the nod to use a spe­cially de­vel­oped al­loy-blocked short stroke ver­sion of the FB60 Rolls-Royce en­gine, which had been used both in civil­ian cars and mil­i­tary ve­hi­cles. This was de­vel­oped as the Van­den Plas 4-Litre R, ba­si­cally a heavy re­work­ing of the Van­den Plas 3-Litre, an up­mar­ket de­riv­a­tive of the BMC Fa­rina. For some rea­son the car has never quite got the at­ten­tion it de­serves – some folk maybe think of it as an Austin West­min­ster with dia­mante ear­rings. Big mis­take – BMC did a great job of the VP’s opu­lent in­te­rior. the com­bi­na­tion of that, the punchy 3909cc en­gine and the im­pos­ing, big-sa­loon styling is knock­out!

WHAT TO PAY CONCOURS £12k // GOOD £8k-£9k // US­ABLE £5k-£6.5k // PROJECT £1k-3k

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