In the USA and Canada, the Daimler car is re-badged as a Vanden
Plas. This appears to lead to some confusion as to what the
term ‘Vanden Plas’ means in other markets.
In Australia, Vanden Plas is a term which refers to a Jaguar or a
Daimler with specific trim options, which include bucket seats, and
leather door panels with recessed pockets.
Normal Daimler cars in Australia do NOT have these features. In
fact, here, there is often precious little difference between a
Jaguar and the Daimler variant, often minor details such as
carpeted door trim and reading lamps are the only distinction.
Some weeks ago, it was suggested that it was incorrect to call a
lister’s car ‘Daimler Double Six Vanden Plas’, and that such a car
would correctly be called just ‘Vanden Plas’. This is not so. The
DD6 VDP is in fact a combination of two things - the normal Daimler
Double Six motor car, plus the special Vanden Plas coachbuilt
options of bucket seats, wood inlay, etc.
English market cars which were given the Vanden Plas designation
had special features… eg, were sent into the VDP section for
better paint (more sanding, more coats), had chrome sidestripes,
etc. American Vanden Plas cars were just made in the normal Jaguar
So yes, it is correct that most Vanden Plas cars (those in the
American market) are just rebadged Daimlers and are identical to
them. The problem arises when one has a Daimler in an English
market which carries the additional coachwork specification of VDP.
I suppose in North America, such a car would be a ‘VDP VDP’, or
a ‘VDP + extras’.
Interestingly, in the XJ40 range, an XJ40 Daimler has vanden plas
features such as bucket seats just as a matter of course. For an
xj40, it IS correct to say that Daimler and Vanden Plas seats are
the same thing.–
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