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PRINCESS 1800 & 2200








By September 1975, BLMC was now reduced to a smaller, more streamlined company - British Leyland. After just six months from launch the 7-car line up of the Austin, Morris and Wolseley 18-22 Series were replaced by a 4-car line up and renamed Princess. Identification between models was now a lot simpler; 1800 versions were fitted with a four-headlamp arrangement, and 2200ís got the trapezoidal units. A new 2200 HLS version replaced the Wolseley.


These Princess models saw the best sales figures of all versions; 47955 were sold in 1977, (it was sold in 42 countries) its best year ever.






In order to reintroduce the Princess brand, Princess script badges were added to the rear C posts and the front grille, along with a crown at the centre forward of the bonnet. The Princess also received chrome trims at the top of the sills below the doors, which helped reduce stone damage to the paintwork.















The interior was carried over from the 18-22 Series, L and HL models were fitted with a matt silver finish dashboard insert with a new Leyland logo in the centre of the steering wheel pad. Note the large clock on the left of the dials; a rev counter would have been more useful. Yet another reminder that the Princess was not, in any way, a performance car.
















The seating also continued as before, but now cloth adorned the seat facings - provided you paid extra for it. In the transition from the 18-22 Series, early Princess HL models received plastic seats; cloth was a cost option until April 1976, when it then became standard.















This was the new model, the 2200HLS, which replaced the Wolseley. The specification was identical except the humped bonnet was replaced with the lower smoother version, along with the trapezoidal headlights..















The HLS interior, space and comfort in the Princess was unrivalled by all the competition, and some cars costing twice as much couldnít better it.
















These Princesses are probably the most common as they were in production from 1975 to 1978, and received no trim or detail modifications throughout their life.