1965 Vanden Plas Princess 4.0R

Lot: 772

Sold for (£): 7,040
Offered for sale is a 3.9L 1965 Vanden Plas Princess 4.0 R automatic that has been with the current owner for the last 12 years. Coming with a partial history file, this lot's condition scores 87 / 135.

Classic Car Auctions says:

A restored and increasingly rare Princess 4-Litre R with just one registered keeper from new!...

Please note that in the photos the car appears Black over Blue, however, the camera was fitted with a filter and the car is, in fact, Mason Black over Grey.

This Vanden-Plas Princess 4-Litre 'R' has benefitted from a thorough three-year restoration which commenced in January 2008 and the results were very pleasing. All the work was carried out under the watchful eye of marque experts at The Village Garage, Northants. 

The car had arrived with them partly dismantled, and with the body having been cut away to expose areas of corrosion. New parts were hard to find, so this meant that much of the bodywork had to be painstakingly created by hand to ensure a perfect fit. Once satisfied that the body was completely rust free, a healthy coating of Mason Black over Grey paint was applied and polished until the highest standard of finish was achieved.

New brake lines were fitted along with new shoes and cylinders and a new exhaust. The shock absorbers were replaced along with new bushes and new tyres were fitted at the time to the freshly painted wheels. The engine bay was stripped of its ancillaries and each item was inspected and refurbished or replaced as required.

The car was then lightly run in for months to iron out any issues. With the odd mechanical gremlin addressed, ‘CNH 737C' was returned to the Village Garage in March 2011 when new underlay and carpets were fitted. To complete the finish, the brightwork was professionally re-chromed at a cost of more than £2,400 and it all remains in excellent condition. 

It's rare to find a Vanden-Plas Princess 4.0 R in such remarkable condition. Unusually it's accompanied by its Buff Log Book and later V5 document both confirming that there has only been one registered keeper, however, it has been in the possession of our vendor for 12 years who never quite got around to registering it in his name. No matter, easily rectified and this 4 litre V-P certainly appears to have been treated like a 'Princess'.  The car is offered for sale with a fresh MoT valid until May 2017, and viewing is absolutely recommended.

Lot Details

Registration: CNH 737C RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Year: 1965 Engine size: 3.9L
Make: Vanden Plas Odometer reading (miles): 71100
Model: Princess 4.0 R MOT expiry: 2017-05-27
Warranted: No Chassis number: VRS33677

Vendor Condition Report

Overall: 87 / 135


Bodywork: Glass:
Paint: Chrome:


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Running Gear

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Original unused spare tyre from 1965 in the boot.


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Electric clock has stoped working.

Vehicle History


Registered with the Vanden Plas owners club for the last four years. Hardbound Owner's Handbook is amongst the history. 

About the Condition Report

A lot's condition report is compiled based on information provided to CCA by the vendor of the lot. CCA has no access to lots prior to a sale but does review its condition on the day of the sale. CCA strongly recommends viewing a lot prior to a sale as it cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided.
Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car
Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts
Good Every-day useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history
Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history
Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history