All model timeline
Austin, Morris and Wolseley 18-22 Series 4-door saloon launched in UK. All models share same unitary body shell with transverse engines, front wheel drive and Hydragas suspension. Two engine sizes available, 1800cc 4-cylinder B-series and 6-cylinder 2200 E-series. Wolseley only available with 6-cylinder and luxury trim.
Austin, Morris and Wolseley names dropped and range renamed Princess; 1800 4-cylinder models have twin headlamp arrangement, 2200 6-cylinder models have trapezoidal headlamps. New 2200HLS version replaces Wolseley. Humped bonnet version deleted.
Cloth seats on HL models (previously optional) now standardised.
Princess Special Six Automatic launched. Based on 2200HL but fitted with HLS seats, wooden dash, rear courtesy lights and full length Webasto sunroof. Only available in Black and limited to 1200 units.
Princess 2 models introduced, with one major change. OHV B-Series 4-cyl engine dropped, in favour of new overhead cam O-series engine, in two sizes, 1,695cc and 1,993cc. Six-cylinder engine carried forward, as before. No major style changes, but trim and decorative differences.
2200HL model discontinued but 2200HLS continued unchanged.
New 1700HLS and 2000HLS models introduced, with same trim and decoration package as 2200HLS.
Trim and decorative changes to basic Princess 2 design, but no major mechanical changes.
Princess models phased out of production, in favour of Austin Ambassador range, based on existing Princess body and chassis layouts.
Austin Ambassador 5-door hatchback range launched in UK. Same basic body style as Princess but with new front styling, new interior design and a rear tailgate. Engines carried over from Princess range but 2200 engine deleted. Available as 1.7L, 1.7 and 2.0 HL, HLS and 2.0 Vanden Plas.
Trim upgrades to all models. VP receives burr walnut door cappings and dash insert to bring specification into line with other VP Austin Morris cars. Rear seat belts now standard on VP models.
Ambassador production ended but range continued on sale until April 1984.