Our playlist includes the following clips;
1. Princess Picture Slideshow
2. 1978 TV Advert
3. British Leyland Challenge from BBC Top Gear
4. 1980 2000ST and a 1978 2200HLS. The groovy music is called Stilleto by Chico Rey and the Jet Band.
5. "Don't be a sheep" British TV advert
5. a 2200 HLS rescued from a barn in Swindon
Princess cars were built by British Leyland between 1975 and 1981. It was then replaced by the Austin Ambassador which lasted until 1984. They are often referred to as the Austin Princess, but this name was only ever used in New Zealand.
My Dad owned blue Princess for a short while (it looked very similar to the one in the photo below) although he had an annoying habit of purchasing a different car every six months back in the 70's and 80's. All I can remember is that it spent more time at the local garage than on the road and the window winder coming off in my hand.
Indeed, it became well-known that the Princess suffered from reliability issues and sales suffered as a consequence, despite a promising start in the mid 70's.
This picture features a British Leyland Princess 2 HL from 1979. The Princess 2 was built between 1977 and 1981.
A Wolseley Saloon which was built between March and September 1975. This was superceded by the Princess. Creative Commons photo by DeFacto
Alfa Romeo Alfetta