The Vanden Plas 1500 was based on the Austin Allegro 1500 (A.D.O.67).
It was produced from September 1974 to August 1980.
The painted bodies were made at Austin Morris Ltd., Longbridge, Birmingham.
They were then sent to Vanden Plas, Kingsbury, London
where the interior trim was fitted.
Apart from 232 cars made towards the end of production, and fitted with an ‘E’ series 1748cc engine mated to a 4-speed automatic gearbox, all Vanden Plas 1500s were fitted with the ‘E’ series 1485cc engine with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or the option of A.P. 4-speed automatic transmission as fitted to the Austin Maxi.
In total 11,942 were manufactured. 7154 Manual & 4788 Automatics.
When introduced in 1974 the standard saloon cost £1,950.
Factory fitted extras included Automatic Transmission £153; Metallic Paint £14; Front Seat Headrests £19.
By Nov. 1978 the VP 1500 cost £3,951, Automatic Transmission £351, Metallic Paint £31 & Headrests £41.
Model: Vanden Plas 1500 Mark 2
1st registered 1st November 1978
Painted Astral Blue Metallic with Vanden Plas Chamois interior trim.
How Many Left: Vanden Plas 1500 (all years)
Licenced: 62, SORN: 76
Owned by Bryan Peebles
Connolly leather seat facings; Shag pile carpet; Twin door mirrors; Leather-trimmed steering wheel; Heated Rear Window; Twin reversing lights; Twin front foglights; Special Hubcaps & Exhaust trim; Rubber nosing strips to front & rear bumpers; Hand-crafted burr walnut facia, picnic tables & door fillets; Carpeted and trimmed boot; 4 cylinder, transverse OHC engine; Engine Size: 1485cc; BHP: 68; Performance (0-60 MPH): 16.7 Seconds; Top speed: 90 MPH.