1964-1968 Vanden Plas 4-litre r
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