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Rover 3500 Vanden Plas, serie 1

Vanden Plas, or in correct Dutch, “Van der Plas”, was originated in Belgium. The vanden  Plas workshops started in 1870 making wheels, followed by axle units for carriages.  Business moved from Brussels to Antwerp in 1884 where horse drawn carriaged were  produced. Work increased and an other branche was opened in Brussels again in 1890.  Work was exhibited ad the World Trade fairs and in 1900 vanden Plas gained the highest  award ever by a Belgium coach builder.  By 1908, Vanden Plas had a workforce of 400 men producing 300 special bodies a year  and this soon increased to over 750. In 1913 'The Times' stated that 'Vanden Plas bodied  cars had an air of distinction lacking in many of the products around them'.  Today most people will connect Vanden Plas with the more up market Austin Rover  Products, but in the past they were coach-builders for Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Alvis,  Daimler and Lagonda and many more. It is said that up to 1939, no two bodies by Vanden  Plas were identical. Many cars built with vanden Plas standards, it means luxury and  with the the rationalisation of the British Leyland empire, the Vanden Plas Factory at  Kingsbury was closed in 1979. 1500 production was transferred to MG Abingdon until its  closure in 1980 when manufacture ceased. The Daimler models were transferred to  Coventry. From 1980 the Vanden Plas name was added to the most expensive luxury versions of the  Austin Metro, Maestro, Montego and Ambassador, as well as the Rover SD1 and 213/216  models. 

Rover Vanden Plas, series 1

There has always been a demand for the ultimate Rover: a car that combines all the  virtues of Rover performance-with-economy and the exclusivenesst hat suits either the  individual or the company looking for a unique motoring experience.  The luxurious Rover Vanden Plasis the result of that demand, a truly unique car.  Unique inside: electronic cruise contral can be set to a predetermined constant cruising  speed which is maintained whatever the gradient the car has to climb. One touch of the  brake returns throttle control to the driver. The benefits are these of relaxation and  efficient use of fuel over long journeys. The Vanden Plasluxury is typified by seats  upholstered in Connolly leather, deep-pile tailored carpets in the passenger footwells,  automatic transmission with illuminated graphics and gear position indicator, tinted  glasswith a zone tinted windscreen and even electrically adjusted and dernisted door  mirrors.  Unique outside: the Vanden Plas as its own exclusive livery and alloy wheels, an  electrically operated sliding steelsun roof, headlamp powerwash and a bodyside rubbing  strip.

Additional Vanden Plas features:

Mechanical Automatic transmission. five speed manual gearbox optional at no extra  charge, cruise control.  Exterior 6" rim machined and painted alloy wheels, zone tinted Electronie cruise contral  stalk laminated windscreen, headlamp power wash. bodyside  moulding, bright exhaust finisher, metallic or black paint at no extra charge.  Interior Connolly leather upholstery, detachable front and rear head rest cushions, shag  pile footwell mats, stereo radio/stereo cassette player, hairline woven velvet upholstery  available at no extra cost. Electrical Electric steel sliding sun roof, electric remote  contral and demist door mirrors. 
Rover 3500, Vanden Plas

Rover 3500 Vanden Plas, serie 1

Vanden Plas, or in correct Dutch, “Van der Plas”, was originated in Belgium. The  vanden Plas workshops started in 1870 making wheels, followed by axle units for  carriages. Business moved from Brussels to Antwerp in 1884 where horse drawn  carriaged were produced. Work increased and an other branche was opened in  Brussels again in 1890. Work was exhibited ad the World Trade fairs and in 1900  vanden Plas gained the highest award ever by a Belgium coach builder.  By 1908, Vanden Plas had a workforce of 400 men producing 300 special bodies a  year and this soon increased to over 750. In 1913 'The Times' stated that 'Vanden  Plas bodied cars had an air of distinction lacking in many of the products around  them'. Today most people will connect Vanden Plas with the more up market Austin Rover  Products, but in the past they were coach-builders for Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Alvis,  Daimler and Lagonda and many more. It is said that up to 1939, no two bodies by  Vanden Plas were identical. Many cars built with vanden Plas standards, it means  luxury and with the the rationalisation of the British Leyland empire, the Vanden  Plas Factory at Kingsbury was closed in 1979. 1500 production was transferred to  MG Abingdon until its closure in 1980 when manufacture ceased. The Daimler  models were transferred to Coventry. From 1980 the Vanden Plas name was added to the most expensive luxury versions  of the Austin Metro, Maestro, Montego and Ambassador, as well as the Rover SD1  and 213/216 models.

Rover Vanden Plas, series 1

There has always been a demand for the ultimate Rover: a car that combines all  the virtues of Rover performance-with-economy and the exclusivenesst hat suits  either the individual or the company looking for a unique motoring experience.  The luxurious Rover Vanden Plasis the result of that demand, a truly unique car. Unique inside: electronic cruise contral can be set to a predetermined constant  cruising speed which is maintained whatever the gradient the car has to climb.  One touch of the brake returns throttle control to the driver. The benefits are  these of relaxation and efficient use of fuel over long journeys. The Vanden  Plasluxury is typified by seats upholstered in Connolly leather, deep-pile tailored  carpets in the passenger footwells, automatic transmission with illuminated  graphics and gear position indicator, tinted glasswith a zone tinted windscreen and  even electrically adjusted and dernisted door mirrors.  Unique outside: the Vanden Plas as its own exclusive livery and alloy wheels, an  electrically operated sliding steelsun roof, headlamp powerwash and a bodyside  rubbing strip.

Additional Vanden Plas features:

Mechanical Automatic transmission. five speed manual gearbox optional at no  extra charge, cruise control. Exterior 6" rim machined and painted alloy wheels, zone tinted Electronie cruise  contral stalk laminated windscreen, headlamp power wash. bodyside  moulding, bright exhaust finisher, metallic or black paint at no extra charge. Interior Connolly leather upholstery, detachable front and rear head rest cushions,  shag pile footwell mats, stereo radio/stereo cassette player, hairline woven velvet  upholstery available at no extra cost. Electrical Electric steel sliding sun roof,  electric remote contral and demist door mirrors. 
Rover 3500, Vanden Plas
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