Prototype VDP Allegro

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Prototype VDP Allegro

Post by Gasman » Wed Dec 23, 2015 8:07 pm

My mother owned a 1973 prototype VDP Allegro auto which was bought direct from BL in about 1975, I think. It started life as a bog-standard 1500 and was completely retrimmed by the VDP coachworks at Kingsbury. You couldn't tell it from the later production version other than the 'M' number plate. The production model didn't come out until Septemeber 1974 ('N' plate). For some reason the paint match on the boot was extremely poor! It wasn't a stunning car nor was it a particularly bad one. It had been beautifully trimmed and with the extra sound deadening pretty quiet. However the non-assisted steering was ludicrously heavy even for a 25 year old bloke let alone for my poor mother. The AP gearbox was jerky on changes and the performance was even more leisurely than an auto Wedge... All of that said we kept it for quite a number of years as it was totally reliable.
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Re: Prototype VDP Allegro

Post by 100 Club » Tue Dec 29, 2015 10:56 pm

'Princess' badge on the bootlid noted: and of course this was not used on production VP 1500s.

My Allegro Club colleagues will be interested to hear of this car, Martin ;)
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Re: Prototype VDP Allegro

Post by Gasman » Wed Dec 30, 2015 8:10 am

You say "of course" but I hadn't spotted production ones didn't have Princess on the back! I posted this with you in mind, Paul!
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Re: Prototype VDP Allegro

Post by rovamota » Wed Dec 30, 2015 12:16 pm

Interesting car. I also note that it doesn't have the picnic tables on the front seat backrests and has pockets instead.
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Re: Prototype VDP Allegro

Post by Gasman » Wed Dec 30, 2015 12:59 pm

Oh, I thought these became standard production as well but then, I didn't use the car much.
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Re: Prototype VDP Allegro

Post by Gasman » Wed Dec 30, 2015 1:28 pm

I've just dug out the sales brochure which doesn't have a picture of the rear of the car but the seats are the same as the prototype, i.e. pockets not tables.

Stick to wedges Mr President!
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