Classic Car Catalogue

Vanden Plas 1965

Princess 1100
Princess 4-Litre R
Princess Limousine

Great Britain

In January 1962, Rolls Royce and BMC announced technical collaboration between thefirms.There was a search for an upmarket executive car to produce in large quantities for a younger buyer. One option was for Rolls Royce to produce a Bentley in larger numbers. This went under the prototype name of Bentley Java. Even an unnamed Rolls version was contemplated. Some other projects with BMC were considered - the Bentley Bengal, Rolls Royce Rangoon & Bentley Alpha. The subject of the use of the FB60 engine came up, since there was no BMC engine with this power output. None of the projects considered materialised, but after a Princess MkII was fitted with the FB60 engine and Rolls Royce gearbox in the mid-sixties, BMC introduced the Princess R themselves. The Princess R has many of the features of the Bentley Java prototype.


Princess 1100

wb: 7 ft. 9½ in. R4 cyl.
1098 cc
55 bhp



Princess 4-Litre R

wb: 9 ft. 2 in.
(2790 mm)
R6 cyl.
3909 cc
175 bhp


It is not so surprising that successful men should choose the Vanden Plas Princess R. They are demanding people, and in this beautiful car they find the highest skills of the coach-builder and the engineer perfectly matched.
The body is by Vanden Plas, and there is luxury in every detail: real walnut fascia and window sills, carefully matched hides on the fully reclining front seats.
Deep carpets and special soundproofing create a car whose silence at 100 mph could be the envy of many other cars at half that speed.
The engine is by Rolls-Royce. It is a 4-litre 6-cylinder unit and develops 175 BHP to give the car a velvet 110 mph top speed. The legendary smoothness of a Rolls-Royce engine is matched by the Borg-Warner automatic gearbox. and Hydrosteer power-assisted steering completes a fine car which has no equal at its price.
Test drive the Princess R yourself. Your Vanden Plas dealer will be happy to arrange it.
The Princess R £1,995.6.3 tax paid.
Backed by BMC Service – Express, Expert, Everywhere.


Princess 4-Litre

wb: 11ft 3/8in. R6 cyl.
3993 cc
150 bhp