Originally owned by the late Charles Aznavour,1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 Saloon  Chassis no. V16S 11260

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Lot 336
1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 Saloon

Sold for € 10,350 (US$ 11,439) inc. premium
Originally owned by the late Charles Aznavour
1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 Saloon
Chassis no. V16S 11260
•Presented in 'barn find' condition (with running engine)
•Present ownership for 15 years
•Purchased from Charles Aznavour
•Believed last driven by Charles Aznavour
•Original registration and Carte Grise

Footnotes

  • One of the world's best-loved entertainers, the late Charles Aznavour was hailed by French President Emmanuel Macron as one of the most important 'faces of France' at the singer's state funeral in Paris in October 2018. Born Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian on 22nd May 1924, the Franco-Armenian Aznavour was one of his country's most popular and enduring singers, selling 180 million records during his lifetime and earning himself the title of 'France's Frank Sinatra'.

    It is not known what prompted Charles Aznavour to buy this Vanden Plas Princess, though most probably it was its unique combination of modernity and tradition. One of the most illustrious of Britain's coachbuilders, chiefly remembered for its sublime Vintage-era Bentleys, the firm of Vanden Plas had been acquired by BMC in 1946 and reinvented as a marque in its own right some years later. In the 1960s and '70s the name was applied to top-of-the-range versions of Austin-Morris models, most notably the advanced front-wheel-drive 1100/1300. Vanden Plas in London re-equipped the car with the kind of luxurious interior long associated with the firm, using plentiful wood-veneer trim and leather upholstery together with a distinctive grille and their own badging. The engine specified was the same twin-carburettor unit fitted to the MG 1100/1300, the 1.3-litre 65bhp version being good enough for a top speed of 90mph. Today the Vanden Plas is by far the most collectible of the 1100/1300 family and is highly sought after.

    Finished in brown/black with beige interior, this ex-Aznavour example is presented in 'barn find' condition (the engine starts and runs). The current vendor bought the car 15 years ago while it was stored at Aznavour's sister's castle: Chateau de Bourdonné in Bourdonné, France. The present owner never registered the car and has never driven it, so probably the last person to do so was Charles Aznavour himself.

    Still registered with its original plates - '5122 GA 78' – the car comes with the original Carte Grise in the name of 'Charles Aznavourian'; the receipt recording its sale by Charles Aznavour to the current vendor; and an autograph given to the latter by Charles Aznavour.

    Autrefois propriété de Charles Aznavour
    Vanden Plas Princess 1100 berline 1966
    Châssis n° V16S 11260

    •Présentée dans son état « sortie de grange » (moteur tournant)
    •Même propriétaire depuis 15 ans
    •Achetée à Charles Aznavour
    •Probablement conduite la dernière fois par Charles Aznavour
    •Immatriculation et carte grise d'origine

    L'un des artistes de variété les plus admirés, Charles Aznavour fut salué par le président français Emmanuel Macron comme l'une des personnalités françaises les plus importantes lors des funérailles nationales de l'artiste à Paris en octobre 2018. Né Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian le 22 mai 1924, le citoyen Franco-Arménien Aznavour était l'un des chanteurs les plus populaires du pays avec plus de 180 millions d'album vendus au cours de sa carrière et souvent considéré comme « le Frank Sinatra français ».

    On ignore pourquoi Charles Aznavour a acheté cette Vanden Plas Princess, probablement parce qu'elle est un cocktail inattendu combinant modernité et tradition. La firme Vanden Plas, l'un des plus illustres carrossiers britanniques, connu pour ses grandes Bentley classiques, avait été rachetée par BMC en 1946 et transfomée en une marque automobile quelques années plus tard. Dans les années 1960 et 1970, son nom était réservé aux versions haut de gamme d'Austin-Morris, notamment pour les très novatrices 1100/1300. Vanden Plas rééquipait les voitures à Londres avec des intérieurs luxueux, associés à l'image raffinée de la firme, faisant usage de ronce de noyer et de sellerie cuir et singularisant ses modèle par une calandre spécifique orné de son propre écusson. Le moteur était le même que celui de la MG 1100/1300 à double carburateur, une version 1 300 de 65 ch assez puissante pour lui donner une vitesse de pointe de 145 km/h. Aujourd'hui, la Vanden Plas est de loin la plus recherchée de la famille 1100/1300.

    Brun/noir avec intérieur beige, cet exemplaire ex-Aznavour est proposée dans son état « sortie de grange » (le moteur démarre et tourne). Le vendeur a acheté la voiture il y a 15 ans, alors qu'elle était remisée dans le château de la sœur du chanteur, le château de Bourdonné, en France. Le propriétaire n'a jamais immatriculé la voiture et ne l'a jamais conduite, aussi est-ce probablement Charles Aznavour lui-même qui fut le dernier à le faire.

    Portant toujours ses plaques d'immatriculation originales - 5122 GA 78 – la voiture est vendue avec sa carte grise d'origine au nom de Charles Aznavourian, le reçu confirmant sa vente par Charles Aznavour au vendeur et avec un autographe offert à ce dernier par Charles Aznavour.
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Originally owned by the late Charles Aznavour,1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 Saloon  Chassis no. V16S 11260
Originally owned by the late Charles Aznavour,1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 Saloon  Chassis no. V16S 11260
Originally owned by the late Charles Aznavour,1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 Saloon  Chassis no. V16S 11260
Originally owned by the late Charles Aznavour,1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 Saloon  Chassis no. V16S 11260
Originally owned by the late Charles Aznavour,1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 Saloon  Chassis no. V16S 11260
Originally owned by the late Charles Aznavour,1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 Saloon  Chassis no. V16S 11260
Originally owned by the late Charles Aznavour,1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 Saloon  Chassis no. V16S 11260
Originally owned by the late Charles Aznavour,1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 Saloon  Chassis no. V16S 11260
Originally owned by the late Charles Aznavour,1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 Saloon  Chassis no. V16S 11260
Originally owned by the late Charles Aznavour,1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 Saloon  Chassis no. V16S 11260
Originally owned by the late Charles Aznavour,1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 Saloon  Chassis no. V16S 11260
Originally owned by the late Charles Aznavour,1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 Saloon  Chassis no. V16S 11260
Originally owned by the late Charles Aznavour,1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 Saloon  Chassis no. V16S 11260
Originally owned by the late Charles Aznavour,1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 Saloon  Chassis no. V16S 11260
Originally owned by the late Charles Aznavour,1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 Saloon  Chassis no. V16S 11260
Originally owned by the late Charles Aznavour,1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 Saloon  Chassis no. V16S 11260
Originally owned by the late Charles Aznavour,1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100 Saloon  Chassis no. V16S 11260
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