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1960 Vanden Plas Princess 4-Litre Hearse

1960 Vanden Plas Princess 4-Litre Hearse in Miami Vice, TV Series, 1984-1989 IMDB Ep. 3.01

Class: Cars, Funeral — Model origin: UK

1960 Vanden Plas Princess 4-Litre Hearse

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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2491tj EN

2007-08-18 18:00

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Austin Van Den Plas Princess hearse...or VDP Princess.

-- Last edit: 2007-08-18 19:15:39

antp BE

2007-08-18 18:38

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It is either Austin or Vanden Plas, both are make names

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ben68 BE

2007-08-18 18:42

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antp wrote It is either Austin or Vanden Plas, both are make names

That's what I thought as well. I guess this is an Austin Princess Hearse. TBC.

2491tj EN

2007-08-18 19:02

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Van Den Plas is a coachbuilder,not a vehicle manufacturer..for instance they converted some BL Austin Allegros into Van Den Plas models with the addition of fancy interiors...still marketed it as an Austin Allegro, but stuck the VDP name on the end..same with the VDP converted Morris 1100.
To give the company its proper name..its actually" Vandenplas "(one word).. it was formed in Kingsbury in the UK in 1923 as a coachbuilder..a search on the web for the Vandenplas owners club in the UK states the company wasnt a car manufacturer, just a coachbuilder...and converter of existing production models from Austin,Morris,BMC, and finally British Leyland...in the case of the hearse in the picture, the hearse owners club lists them as either "Austin Princess" or "VDP Princess"..the basic saloon was Austin 1960-68..VDP got hold of them and they became "Austin" VDP Princess 4 Litre. Apparently the VDP name is spelt Van Den Plas...Vanden Plas....Vandenplas..and a few other variants...the name is flemish and apparently in translation it was spelt numerous ways. Currently, in 2007, apart from Jaguar, the only other vehicle to come from the VDP stable in the UK is the year 2001 onward model of the Rover 75 VDP.
however its spelt, the company as we now know it , the one responsible for the conversion of the above mentioned vehicles did originate in Kingsbury in 1923.....the original non British company,and that not responsible for these conversions went bust in the 1920s.

-- Last edit: 2007-08-18 19:36:17

antp BE

2007-08-18 19:13

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They used the name as a make for many BL/BMC models. It is for Jaguar that it was just added at the end of the model name.
And it was written in two words: http://www.edmunds.com/media/il/videopicture/100317.jpg
It is originated from Belgium (1870) according to Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanden_Plas
It is later that it became British.

mrcadillac SX

2007-08-20 09:44

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Interesting discussion. I share the opinion of "2491ti", that Vanden Plas was just a luxury coach builder, originating in Belgium and with a licensed affiliate in the UK. Pronunciation of the "Plas" part of the name also may vary; it sounds like "PLAA" in the USA and "PLASS" in the UK. What is it in Flemish ? Cadillacs with bodies by Vanden Plas (there were a couple made in the late twenties and early thirties) certainly are known as "Cadillacs" and not as "Vanden Plas".

Alexander DE

2007-08-20 10:01

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Antoine is correct in saying that Vanden Plas is a brand name.

Read here a short abstract on the Princesses: /vehicle_12586-Vanden-Plas-Princess-4-litre-Limousine-1960.html
and here a longer one on the Vanden Plas history: http://www.vpoc.info/History.htm

antp BE

2007-08-20 15:56

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About prononciation, in Dutch/Flemish it would be "plass", with a short A, like French "place"

-- Last edit: 2007-08-20 16:13:19

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