• Fully undersealed and never welded underside
  • Beautifully presented bronze bodywork
  • Beautifully kept Vanden Plas trim
  • Free of any significant corrosion

The Appeal

Pity the poor Allegro. Intended as an innovative, new and handsomely appointed saloon for the 1970s, it's hardly picked up the finest reputation - but perhaps this example will change your mind. Taking cues from the Princess before it, the Vanden Plas Allegro is an upmarket, finely-trimmed variant of its base British Leyland buildmate. 

More expensive and significantly rarer than the Allegro, the Vanden Plas Allegro is a lesser-spotted classic with a distinguished grille and a traditionalist twinge to its cabin, all of which - for our money - leads to a much richer driving experience for the discerning enthusiast. 
This particular Allegro is worthy of consideration - it's a remarkably distinguished example. The vehicle has been meticulously maintained, with the current owner having serviced it regularly since purchasing it in 2020. The car's underside is fully undersealed and has never been welded, indicating a solid and rust-free structure.

With that impressive Vanden Plas interior in fine fettle, a rich bronze livery and solid metalwork throughout, we've no doubt this rare classic will attract plenty of attention.

History and Paperwork

  • Registered on 20/03/1980
  • Current owner purchased the vehicle on 21/09/2020
  • The DVLA records 8 previous keepers
  • Serviced by the current owner since purchase; previously serviced by a local garage
  • MOT exempt, last tested in 2020
  • Currently indicates 45,195 miles on a five-figure odometer
  • Paperwork file includes some invoices and service book stamps

The Condition

  • The underside of the vehicle is in very good condition, never welded, fully undersealed
  • The DVLA records a respray to its current livery in 1995
  • This paint presents well with only two minor imperfections: a small crack in the paint on the offside wing and a slight paint defect on the bonnet
  • Both of these are hardly detrimental to the car
  • Chromework carries some light scratching
  • Glasswork, lenses and badging all in good order
  • Vanden Plas wheels in good order
  • Internally, the luxurious trim is beautifully kept
  • Leatherwork is in fine fettle with no rips or tears
  • Wooden veneers present beautifully
  • All instruments are bright and legible
  • Original radio is still in situ 
  • Carpets and headlining are in fine order
  • Always garaged, which has no doubt contributed to the car's superb order

The Mechanics

  • 1.5L E-Series I4 engine
  • Automatic transmission
  • Engine bay in very good order
  • The vendor reports that the car drives very well
  • We're informed that the engine and gearbox appear free from notable defects
  • We've no reports of leaks, knocks, bangs or smoke from the car

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1980
  • Make Vanden Plas
  • Model 1500
  • Colour Gold
  • Odometer 45,195 Miles
  • Engine size 1481
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Sunderland
  • Location Tyne and Wear
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
4 bids from 3 bidders
  • delica_•••• £3,800 18/06/24
  • Dimbula•••• £3,600 18/06/24
  • giuliet•••• £3,500 17/06/24
  • Dimbula•••• £3,000 13/06/24

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