1959 Austin A135 Princess IV Saloon Chassis no. DS7-13446 Engine no. A/AS13446
Lot 423
1959 Austin A135 Princess IV Saloon
Registration no. DGC 12B Chassis no. DS7-13446 Engine no. A/AS13446
Sold for £16,387 (US$ 26,778) inc. premium

Lot Details
1959 Austin A135 Princess IV Saloon Chassis no. DS7-13446 Engine no. A/AS13446 1959 Austin A135 Princess IV Saloon Chassis no. DS7-13446 Engine no. A/AS13446 1959 Austin A135 Princess IV Saloon Chassis no. DS7-13446 Engine no. A/AS13446 1959 Austin A135 Princess IV Saloon Chassis no. DS7-13446 Engine no. A/AS13446 1959 Austin A135 Princess IV Saloon Chassis no. DS7-13446 Engine no. A/AS13446 1959 Austin A135 Princess IV Saloon Chassis no. DS7-13446 Engine no. A/AS13446 1959 Austin A135 Princess IV Saloon Chassis no. DS7-13446 Engine no. A/AS13446 1959 Austin A135 Princess IV Saloon Chassis no. DS7-13446 Engine no. A/AS13446 1959 Austin A135 Princess IV Saloon Chassis no. DS7-13446 Engine no. A/AS13446 1959 Austin A135 Princess IV Saloon Chassis no. DS7-13446 Engine no. A/AS13446 1959 Austin A135 Princess IV Saloon Chassis no. DS7-13446 Engine no. A/AS13446
1959 Austin A135 Princess IV Saloon
Coachwork by Vanden Plas

Registration no. DGC 12B
Chassis no. DS7-13446
Engine no. A/AS13446

Footnotes

  • Intended by Austin boss Leonard Lord to rival the contemporary Bentley, the luxurious Sheerline and Princess models arrived in 1947. Unlike Longbridge's up-market models of pre-war days, the newcomers were aimed at the owner-driver rather than the carriage trade, though the coachbuilt (by Austin's newly acquired subsidiary, Vanden Plas) Princess was available as a Touring Limousine with division. A separate-chassis design, the newcomers were powered by Austin's new 3.5-litre overhead-valve six. This was soon enlarged to 4.0 litres and in triple-SU carburettor form as installed in the early A135 Princess produced 135bhp, an output good enough for a top speed of 89mph. Later versions made do with a single carburettor, topping out at 86mph. Introduced in 1950, the Princess II was distinguishable by virtue of its 'dog leg' rear quarter-light while the III featured a revised radiator grille. In 1956 the Princess was completely revised, emerging on a slightly longer wheelbase and with a new body boasting a Bentley Continental-style 'fastback' roofline. For this last, Mark IV version, the engine too was extensively reworked, its maximum power increasing to 150bhp. General Motors Hydramatic transmission, as favoured by Rolls-Royce, was the sole transmission on offer. The 'Austin' badge disappeared from the Princess after August 1957.

    One of only 200 Princess IV saloons built between 1956 and 1959, this restored example has had only one previous owner: Godfrey 'Goff' Radcliffe, proprietor of G P Radcliffe & Son, a theatrical transport business. He recently (late 2011, early 2012) contributed a three-part article to Heritage Commercials magazine recalling the activities of his company in the mid-1980s and its eventual sale to Pickford's. In the third part he also covers his interest in classic vehicle restoration (copy available).

    Since its acquisition by the current vendor, the Princess has been kept in dry storage with the rest of their private collection. The intention was to display the vehicles as a collection but sadly this never happened. All cars have been serviced regularly and until five years ago were MoT'd annually. They have continued to be driven on private land and are in good running order.

    Accompanying documentation consists of the original service booklet (un-stamped), a quantity of expired MoTs and tax discs, Swansea V5 and some receipts for parts.
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