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Princess (1975–8)

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Princess (ADO71). 1975–8 (prod. 226,000 approx. for all Princess and Austin Ambassador variants). 4-door saloon. F/F, 1798 cm³ (I4 OHV), 2226 cm³ (I6 OHC). Hastily renamed Austin and Morris 1800 and 2200 and Wolseley, the Princess—usually in new-car price lists as the Leyland Princess—represented the first sign of the streamlining of the British Leyland range. Marketed from September 1975 till Princess 2 came on stream in July 1978. Incredibly roomy with wedge shape, but dogged by negative media reports and reputed lack of power from 1800 cm³ engine. Not a hatchback, despite appearance. No Leyland badge but British Leyland roundel appears on left front wing. Six-cylinder models distinguished by rectangular headlamps.


Manufacturing location: Cowley, Oxfordshire, England

Marque: Princess | Predecessors: Austin 1800, 2200 (1975), Morris 1800, 2200 (1975), Wolseley | Successor: Princess 2


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