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Allegro Vanden Plas 1500

Reference: VDP/01

Model: Allegro Vanden Plas 1500

Year: 1979

Colour: Brown

Price: £7,950

Tags: Classic

Between 1974 and 1979 British Leyland built around 12,000 VDP 1500s or Allegro Vanden Plas as they were more commonly known. It was an extraordinary car, no mere exercise in badge engineering; it was assembled at the famous Vanden Plas works at Kinsbury, London, more used to producing Daimler Limousines and saloons. With its Connolly leather seats, walnut veneer and Wilton carpets it was described in the brochure as 'unmistakably British', and is still very comfortable to travel in. The factory took particular pride in their work and sent 30% of the base Allegro chassis back to Longbridge as not being up to standard. Despite costing twice as much as the base model and never being advertised, the venture was a loss leader for BL, with the factory being one of the first to close under the control of Michael Edwardes.

This particular car was built in April 1979, just before closure in September of that year. It is one of only 38 remaining on the road. It has always been well cared for but the current owner had it professionally restored by a SLJ mechanic to an exceptional standard, with a full engine rebuild and elimination of rusty areas. This year at the annual VDP Owners Club concours the car won Best Engine, Best Interior and Best Overall car. Resplendent in original Russet Brown, the car drives very well and offers a marvellous throw back to the 1970's for quite a reasonable price given the level of restoration. Owner selling as he has 8 other classics.

 

For further details and to arrange viewings

Contact Richard Hackett

Mobile Telephone: 07867782402

Office: 01985219551

E-mail: info@sljhackett.co.uk

 

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