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This truly wonderful collectors piece, first registered to The Ministry of Public Buildings & Works and believed to have been used by former Prime Minister Harold Wilson during the early 1970s. The Vanden Plas Princess R was first registered on the 2nd October 1967 and supplied new in Ministry Black livery with Gold coachlines and was fitted with rear seat belts from new. SMT 594F was sold by The Ministry in 1978 and was then kept off the road, dry stored in a barn for many years. It was found in a very original state and re-furbished sympathetically keeping as much originality as possible. The VDP first came to us over two years ago and immediately sold to a Worcestershire based private collector who has since kept the vehicle dry stored as part of his impressive collection. It was taken on a tour of the Yorkshire Moors on initial purchase and has since been carefully dry stored. On arrival in early 2015 and at the request of both The Huddersfield Examiner and Classic Car Weekly, SMT 594F was transported to Huddersfield, the birth place of Harold Wilson and photographed next to his statue outside Huddersfield Train Station. The articles and photographs add to an already interesting history file that includes the original buff logbook and a photograph of Harold Wilson with his father, next to the Vanden Plas at Heathrow Airport on the 27th August 1971. The news story in 2015 even made The Daily Mail online, a copy of the article is also with the car.
SMT 594F is in beautiful condition and is incredibly original. The Ministry Black paint finish is very impressive and has nicely aged; the bodywork is exceptionally straight and the chrome work is of a very high standard, as is the original glass. The engine bay is remarkably clean and has been very nicely detailed. The Vanden Plas runs beautifully with its quiet original 3909cc engine and the automatic transmission functions perfectly up and down the gears. The car handles delightfully with super light steering and brakes and handling are first class. Once we find a buyer for this wonderful piece of motoring history, it will be put through our workshop for a full service and will be supplied with a full 12 months MOT.
The Vanden Plas Princess R was known for its luxury and quality and this is no exception. Whether driving the car or being chauffeured, it is smooth, quiet, comfortable and everything has a feeling of true class. The woodwork is original and presents very well but does have some cracking as expected, carpets are largely original so aged with a patina, the headlining is smart and the original, nicely aged soft leather is fabulous. The driver's seat has the signs of age expected when a chauffeur has spent more time in the driver's seat waiting, rather than driving the car. The rear picnic tables are still in place, as are the specially ordered Britax rear seats belts and even the radio works. The original boot carpet and battery cover is in excellent order and the original jack is still in place. This is a wonderful rare opportunity to purchase a car worthy of any collection.