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ADO 10, Westminster, Wolseley and Vanden-Plas
In 1955 there was a Royal visit to BMC by Prince Philip and the BMC Chairman Sir Leonard Lord was out to impress the Prince with the best of British design. But the Prince thought the new Austins looked rather dull against foreign competition, and the BMC Chairman did not get the approval he wished for. Within a few days he had arranged to meet Battista 'Pinin' Farina and a contract was signed that resulted in the (ADO 10) cars. The Austin A99 Westminster and Wolseley 6/99 were launched in 1959. and later the ADO 37 Vanden-Plas 3-litre. In 1961 The 3-litre cars were upgraded to the ADO53, and then in 1964 the Vanden-Plas gained the 4-litre Rolls-Royce engine (ADO66).
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Austin A99 Westminster. With a body designed by Carozzeria Pininfarina, the Austin A99 wrapped a monocoque body around the C-series 2912cc ohv 6-cylinder engine.
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Vanden Plas Princess 4-litre R 1964. The ADO66 project had started life as one to create an entry level Bentley Java using a smaller version of the 6-cylinder Rolls-Royce engine previously used in the Silver Cloud Series I. When Rolls-Royce cancelled that project, BMC were sanctioned to carry on with a version of that engine, and turn the Bentley Java into the Princess 4-litre. Power came from the FB60 3909cc inline six cylinder 175bhp engine.
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Vanden-Plas Princess 3-litre Series I. Restyling by Kingsbury gave the Austin ADO10 its distinctive 'traditional' appearance to create the ADO37 Princess. Under the bonnet was the Austin 3-litre inline six C-series engine, as used in the Austin A99, Wolseley 6/99 and Austin-Healey 3-litre
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Wolseley 6/110 MkII 1965. Powered by the BMC C-series 2912cc inline six ohv engine which developed 120bhp
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Wolseley 6/110 MkII 1968 Hearse. Mechanically this had the BMC C-series 2912cc inline ohv six cylinder engine.
Austin Westminster A99, A110
Wolseley 6/99 and 6/110
Vanden-Plas Princess 3-litre
Vanden-Plas Princess 4-litre R
key text:  This is the page introducing Simons love of cars from the website  RedSimon which is a series of photo albums of Simon GP Geoghegan.
The names of Pinin, Farina, and Pininfarina are also considered
There are also notes on Pininfarina
as well as the car maker
and links tothat car maker
see also my Picasa car albums
withe even more on RedSimon
Simon is also a contributor to SuperCars.Net
And also to Wikipedia
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