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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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          If you’ve been down Buffalo’s Niagara Street in the Vicinity of Rich Products anytime these past few years, you’ve probably already seen this 1988 Jaguar Vanden Plas sedan parked out front of a repair shop. Vanden Plas started life building buggies back in the 1800s, and as the automobile gained favor, they began building custom coachwork for some of the pricier manufacturers. The Vanden Plas later became the top-priced model for many British-Leyland nameplates, such as the Austin Ambassador Vanden Plas,  the Rover 2600/3500 Vanden Plas, and the Daimler 4.2/Double-Six Vanden Plas, among others. By the time today’s feature car rolled down the assembly line, the Vanden Plas nameplate was being attached to Jaguar’s higher-priced, better-equipped cars. Judging from the still-affixed Liberty plates, I’d say this one’s been parked for years.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know

jim@artvoice.com