Vanden Plas was
originally a coach building company but came under
control of Austin in 1946. Vanden Plas produced luxuriously
appointed versions of various Austin models during the 1950s.
In 1963 a Morris 1100 was given the luxury treatment by Vanden
Plas at the request of a customer. The finished car impressed BMC so
much that they decided to put it into production. About 16,000 Mk1
Princess 1100s were produced in England 1963-1968.