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France Gall – Her Special Wolseley 1100

Yesterday we featured Cilla Black and her Vanden Plas Princess 1300 and just as much as she captured British hearts so did France Gall capture French hearts...

...France Gall was a celebrity French singer, although she won the 1965, Eurovision Song Contest representing Luxembourg! Former French culture minister, Françoise Nyssen, described her as “a timeless icon of French song” whilst the French president, Emmanuel Macron, commented, “she leaves behind songs that everyone in France knows, and set an example of a life devoted to others.”

Actually, France Gall inspired the original version of the song that became a worldwide hit for Frank Sinatra as My Way! The song that became My Way was originally released in 1968 as Comme d’Habitude by singer-songwriter Claude François as a bleak reflection on the breakup of his affair with France Gall.

More importantly though, France Gall had a Wolseley 1100 and what’s more it had a telephone! In fact, we’re not aware of any other privately owned ADO16 ever being fitted with a car telephone.

Now in well over 60 countries, we are the only global club for the ADO16, the BMC/British Leyland 1100/1300 – Our membership continues to grow and unbelievably our Facebook Group now has approaching 2,400 members; so, we’re on the lookout for proactive club helpers! You can also join the only ADO16 club with a FREE membership level here: www.ado16.info/membership-join
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France Gall – Her Special Wolseley 1100Yesterday we featured Cilla Black and her Vanden Plas Princess 1300 and just as much as she captured British hearts so did France Gall capture French hearts......France Gall was a celebrity French singer, although she won the 1965, Eurovision Song Contest representing Luxembourg! Former French culture minister, Françoise Nyssen, described her as “a timeless icon of French song” whilst the French president, Emmanuel Macron, commented, “she leaves behind songs that everyone in France knows, and set an example of a life devoted to others.”Actually, France Gall inspired the original version of the song that became a worldwide hit for Frank Sinatra as My Way! The song that became My Way was originally released in 1968 as Comme d’Habitude by singer-songwriter Claude François as a bleak reflection on the breakup of his affair with France Gall.More importantly though, France Gall had a Wolseley 1100 and what’s more it had a telephone! In fact, we’re not aware of any other privately owned ADO16 ever being fitted with a car telephone.Now in well over 60 countries, we are the only global club for the ADO16, the BMC/British Leyland 1100/1300 – Our membership continues to grow and unbelievably our Facebook Group now has approaching 2,400 members; so, we’re on the lookout for proactive club helpers! You can also join the only ADO16 club with a FREE membership level here: www.ado16.info/membership-join

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Two beautiful ICON s

Great shots, lovely car

Ella, Elle l'a

Mickaël Romain il me faut un téléphone dans la Vanden Plas ! 😁

Fantastic!

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Cilla Black – Her Special Vanden Plas Princess 1300

Following our Vanden Plas Princess 1100 launch posts last weekend we turn to the Vanden Plas Princess 1300 which was actually launched this week in 1967 and in particular we focus on a 1972 car owned by the late Cilla Black...

...Cilla Black was in the words of the former UK Prime Minister David Cameron, “a huge talent who made a significant contribution to public life in Britain”, she was, as comedian Jimmy Tarbuck, who had been a friend for decades said, " the girl next door that everybody loved and would have loved as a daughter, a daughter-in-law." Cilla Black "captured the hearts of the British people" because "she was our Cilla—there were no airs and graces” is what Noel Edmonds said of her.

Soon after settling down and marrying, and being driven by her chauffeur, Cilla Black would be seen in the family Rolls Royce Corniche Convertible whilst her husband of 30-years, Bobby Willis drove a Jaguar XJ6 but, “Our Cilla” had a Vanden Plas Princess 1300...

...and what’s more it had a rather special Silver paint finish.

Our images are from the Cilla-At-Home movie filmed at her family home in Denham in 1973 and made especially for the 20th October, 1973 Fan-Club get together at Tiffany's in London.

With thanks to Andrew Ryan who tipped us the Cilla wink!

Now in well over 60 countries, we are the only global club for the ADO16, the BMC/British Leyland 1100/1300 – Our membership continues to grow and unbelievably our Facebook Group now has approaching 2,400 members; so, we’re on the lookout for proactive club helpers! You can also join the only ADO16 club with a FREE membership level here: www.ado16.info/membership-join
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Cilla Black – Her Special Vanden Plas Princess 1300Following our Vanden Plas Princess 1100 launch posts last weekend we turn to the Vanden Plas Princess 1300 which was actually launched this week in 1967 and in particular we focus on a 1972 car owned by the late Cilla Black......Cilla Black was in the words of the former UK Prime Minister David Cameron, “a huge talent who made a significant contribution to public life in Britain”, she was, as comedian Jimmy Tarbuck, who had been a friend for decades said,  the girl next door that everybody loved and would have loved as a daughter, a daughter-in-law. Cilla Black captured the hearts of the British people because she was our Cilla—there were no airs and graces” is what Noel Edmonds said of her.Soon after settling down and marrying, and being driven by her chauffeur, Cilla Black would be seen in the family Rolls Royce Corniche Convertible whilst her husband of 30-years, Bobby Willis drove a Jaguar XJ6 but, “Our Cilla” had a Vanden Plas Princess 1300......and what’s more it had a rather special Silver paint finish.Our images are from the Cilla-At-Home movie filmed at her family home in Denham in 1973 and made especially for the 20th October, 1973 Fan-Club get together at Tiffanys in London.With thanks to Andrew Ryan who tipped us the Cilla wink!Now in well over 60 countries, we are the only global club for the ADO16, the BMC/British Leyland 1100/1300 – Our membership continues to grow and unbelievably our Facebook Group now has approaching 2,400 members; so, we’re on the lookout for proactive club helpers! You can also join the only ADO16 club with a FREE membership level here: www.ado16.info/membership-join

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Ive only ever seen one other in silver. It is surprising as it really siuts it.

Cilla Black always came across as a nice lady, game never appeared to have "gone to her head" but then I have no idea as I never had the good fortune to have known her. The sad thing is like so many of us she suffered a terrible loss in losing her husband so soon and then her own life again, so soon. As for the car, I've always thought it was way ahead of its time in design, appearance and adaptability. Great car in my opinion.

didn't survive as far as 1982 as not on DVLA

Can't see the reg number on those nice period reflective number plates, did the car survive?

When Cilla first met Bobby originally, he had a Humber Super Snipe with a Liverpool registration mark, I think it was 184 EKD, dating the car to 1962.

Looks lovely in silver 🤩

These were lovely cars

Lovely

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Weekly Model Series – Jemini –Austin & Morris 1300 GT

Continuing with Jemini Model Reproductions, it wasn’t long until a second ADO16 was offered...

...the sixth model from the company was JMR006 and actually there were two versions of it; an Austin 1300 GT finished in Flame Red with Black interior and a Morris 1300 GT finished in Glacier White also with a Black interior.

The attention to detail in these models was hugely impressive which is one reason they have become so collectable.

Now in well over 60 countries, we are the only global club for the ADO16, the BMC/British Leyland 1100/1300 – Our membership continues to grow and unbelievably our Facebook Group now has over 2,350 members; so, we’re on the lookout for proactive club helpers! You can also join the only ADO16 club with a FREE membership level here: www.ado16.info/membership-join
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Weekly Model Series – Jemini –Austin & Morris 1300 GTContinuing with Jemini Model Reproductions, it wasn’t long until a second ADO16 was offered......the sixth model from the company was JMR006 and actually there were two versions of it; an Austin 1300 GT finished in Flame Red with Black interior and a Morris 1300 GT finished in Glacier White also with a Black interior.The attention to detail in these models was hugely impressive which is one reason they have become so collectable.Now in well over 60 countries, we are the only global club for the ADO16, the BMC/British Leyland 1100/1300 – Our membership continues to grow and unbelievably our Facebook Group now has over 2,350 members; so, we’re on the lookout for proactive club helpers! You can also join the only ADO16 club with a FREE membership level here: www.ado16.info/membership-join

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This week’s cover image marks 55-years on Tuesday since the launch of the Riley Kestrel 1100 at the 1965, Earls Court Motor Show; our image shows a Japanese example at its best – in use!

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This week’s cover image marks 55-years on Tuesday since the launch of the Riley Kestrel 1100 at the 1965, Earls Court Motor Show; our image shows a Japanese example at its best – in use!

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What a stunner!

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