Vanden Plas: BMC’s pinnacle flies the flag

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Vanden Plas: BMC’s pinnacle flies the flag

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"In the immediate post-war period, times were tough for Vanden Plas. A failed contract with Rolls-Royce had left them scratching around for work, when in 1946 Austin’s Leonard Lord made an offer of £90,000 for the company.
Lord was looking for someone to design and build the bodywork for Austin’s new six-cylinder chassis, and saw Vanden Plas as the ideal candidate. The Fox family accepted his offer, and Vanden Plas became a subsidiary of Austin, with Lord taking over as Chairman and Managing Director, while Edwin and Roland Fox became Directors, along with Austin’s George Harriman."
Vanden Plas is one of the most famous names the BMC portfolio of names. Declan Berridge tells the fascinating story of this London-based producer of luxury cars:-
https://www.aronline.co.uk/marques/vanden-plas-story/

Mini Vanden Plas
(1978-1980)
BL-offshoot Leykor pioneered the idea of using the Vanden Plas name purely as a trim level identifier when they launched the ‘most luxuriously-equipped Mini ever seen in South Africa’

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Thames TV's 'Drive in' takes a look at the new Austin Allegro Vanden Plas and the factory where it gets its plush finishing touches.
First shown: 16/09/1974:-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUG3O5imCGU

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Anyone clamouring for an Allegro? I met a vicar once who ran their car club and of course was mad on them, but I can't imagine many still get the TLC that our minis get?

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