Motors don’t get more prestigious than this.
And for a mere £25,000 you can own Harold Wilson’s prime ministerial car.
This 1967 Vanden Plas Princess R is being sold by Edgerton-born classic car dealer James Szkiler.
The British-made Rolls Royce engine-equipped motor was bought new by the Ministry of Public Buildings and Works in October 1967.
The car was used by the Huddersfield-born prime minister and was kept by the Government until 1978.
So the four-litre top-of-the-range vehicle will have been used by other ministers and possibly other prime ministers of the era, namely Edward Heath and James Callaghan.
Despite its age, the car is in mint condition with just 8,000 miles on the clock.
The car, which was modified with a quick launch function so the prime minister could make a quick getaway, is being sold by James’s company Classic and Sportscar Centre, Malton, North Yorkshire.
James’s dad Nick Szkiler founded Grundy Mack Classic Cars which sold and restored prestige motors from Leeds Road between 1991 and 1998.
When the Vanden Plas appeared for sale, its prestigious history and Huddersfield link made it a no-brainer purchase for James.
“When I saw it advertised I jumped on it,” he said. “We’ve had a few Princesses in the past but the Harold Wilson connection struck a chord.
“There’s only 8,000 miles on the clock and it’s only been used for the first few years.
“It was in a stunning condition when I picked it up. It’s a real collector’s car for any real enthusiast who wants to enter it in competitions or someone who wants it for their own private collection.
“It’s superb to drive – it’s powerful, smooth and comfortable.”
James added: “I just hope it stays in the UK.”
Vanden Plas Princess R fact file
Produced by Austin between 1964 and 1968
Cost new in 1964: £1,994 (approximately £36,500 in today’s money)
Engine: 3909cc, six-cylinder Rolls Royce engine capable of 175 horse power
Top speed: 112mph
Fuel consumption: 19 miles per gallon (thirsty!)
Equipment: power steering, leather seats, picnic table