Vanden Plas Princess Hearse - 4 litre straight six"
Damien DeVille owned this Vanden Plas Princess hearse from February 1986
to December 1999.
customised the interior by removing the bier and fitting thick underlay
and carpets, wood panelling, an 8 speaker stereo system with pre-amp, 3
mahogany curtain rails and 8 custom made thick velvet curtains.
blew the head gasket on 3 occasions. rebuilt the engine along with one of
my neighbours (who had a lathe in his garden shed). I fitted a new water
pump, 2 thermostats, 1 hydraulic ram, 3 windscreen wiper motors, 1 new piston
and O ring and a starter motor spring. The cylinder head was skimmed at
Sutton Rebore twice with new valve guides being fitted my me. I even gound
in the 12 valves by hand using a lapping tool and grinding paste.
we used it for the early Nosferatu UK Tours in 1991 & 1992 and even
drove it through the night to Paris for a halloween concert in 1993. It
was put into storage at a farm in Redhill in 1994 and used sporadically
up until the engine seized in 1999. It was then sold to Introcar
for spares when repairing the engine became uneconomically viable.