Earlier in the year, ado16.info was invited along to Mathewsons Classic Cars to give an opinion on a recently restored Vanden Plas Princess.
From our point of view, the vehicle presented appeared to be very solid, had spent very little time out in the sun (very little evidence of fade on the dash/wood door cappings etc.) and it was absolutely obvious why the car had been picked as a basis for restoration.
A low mileage, structurally sound shell on its original sills and sill to floor closing panels, an as new boot area all absolutely added to the charm of this lovely little vehicle.
In our opinion, a fantastic ready to use vehicle that with some minor tasks for the new owner to undertake (I.e. a little bit of under bonnet tidying, some period metal reflective plates and some other “nice to do jobs”) someone would have themselves a show winning car.
We were asked what we thought the car could fetch at auction, and we’ve given a figure… in fact we gave two… what we think and what we think it could go up to if (on a good day there were two very serious bidders who knew what they were buying).
The car went through the auction at Mathewsons on the 4th February 2022, and fetched a whopping £12,250 – which we believe is a record for an ADO16.
The time has finally come, and the spin-off series will be airing on the Yesterday Channel from 21st July 2022 – and the Vanden Plas, we’re told, is up second.
Tune in, to see how close we were with our valuation!