1967 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 Saloon
The Morris 1100 was launched in August 1962 with its revolutionary newly developed Hydrolastic suspension. This was followed by the MG 1100 in October 1962 and the Austin 1100 in September 1963.
Mr Fred Connolly, of the famous firm of curriers, requested Vanden Plas to produce for him a Morris 1100 with special paint, special interior and radiator grille.
No doubt buoyed on by the luxury Mini's being produced at the time by Wood & Pickett and Radford, BMC asked Vanden Plas to consider a plusher version of the 1100. With its distinctive external front end a prototype was produced in October 1963 in readiness for the Earls Court Motor Show. . Because of the extra weight of the luxury fittings the MG 1100 twin carburettor engine was fitted to the Princess. This was mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox. Hydrolastic suspension, rack and pinion steering and disc front brakes featured in the specification. The prototype was fitted with standard 1100 front and rear bumpers and overriders. A single-page hand-out leaflet was produced for the Show. This mentions just one colour scheme. At that stage there was no plan to put the car into full scale production.
However interest in the car at the show was so great that a decision was made to produce the model which started in April 1964.
The Princess 1100 received a full width walnut veneered facia with recessed instruments, walnut door capping's and picnic tables fitted to the rear of each front seat. West of England cloth was used for the roof lining, best Wilton carpet covered the floor and Connolly leather was used for all seat wearing surfaces. Each front seat was fitted with an individual folding armrest and a central armrest was fitted to the rear bench. Reading lights were fitted to each rear quarter panel. Extra sound deadening was used to further damp external noise. A larger rear bumper was fitted extending around to each rear wheel arch and larger rear overriders were fitted directly under each rear light cluster. This was the only current BMC model to be offered with the choice of a metal sliding roof.The Princess 1100 cost £896 at launch some £195 more than the MG 1100.
A.P. 4-speed automatic transmission was offered from 1966 but these cars were fitted with a single S.U. HS4 carburettor with the manual cars retaining twin HS2 carburettors.
Total Mark I production amounted to 15,256 of which only 88 were automatics. The final Princess 1100 Mark I was built in September 1967.
The Mark II Vanden Plas Princess 1100 was introduced in September 1967. The main differences externally to the Mark I were the cropped rear tail fins, flatter rear light clusters and the use of ventilated wheels and front wing side repeater flashers. Internally the seats were redesigned with leather now only used for the central wearing surfaces with Ambla used for the side squabs. A single central front seat armrest was fitted in place of the Mark I's armrest on each seat. The front door armrest pockets were deleted but were replaced by front seat back pockets fitted below the picnic tables. The glovebox lid and picnic table handles were redesigned and repositioned for safety reasons. There were no mechanical changes. The Mark II Princess 1100 lasted only until June 1968. Just 606 were produced of which 163 were automatics.This particular 1100 comes with some amazing history dating back decades. Approx 23 cars were sold new in Australia and I would hate to think how many have survived. Its price in 1965 was £1,627 - twice the price of a Volkswagen 1200 (£799), considerably more expensive than the locally made Morris 1100 at £979 and £50 dearer than Holden's 6cyl luxury "Premier X2" flagship model, hence why sales figures were so low. Our client a prominent car collector has decide to sell this 1100 many due to lack of use. The car has benefited more recently from mechanical work and a new paint job. Note trim is original . This is a very rare opportunity to buy such a unique classic car. Contact Ben Finnis for more details - 0411 744 190 -Finance available -Door to door transport available -All cars inspected by our fully trained mechanics. Over 50 x Classics in stock and more arriving daily . Go to http://www.collectableclassiccars.com.au MORE CLASSIC CARS WANTED. CONTACT BEN FINNIS Collectable Classic Cars & Bikes - Strathalbyn SA Est 1989 Enquire Now Back