Austin - Vanden Plas / Princess
BMC created the new marque of Princess for the wedge shaped car BMC produced from 1975. This replaced the 4 cylinder 1800 and 6 cylinder 2.2 litre cars sold under the various marques of Austin, Morris and Wolseley. The name Princess had been used previously s a model for more than a decade , but this time the Princess name was the marque itself, introduced in late 1975.
It is understandable why these cars are called the Austin Princess, because for six months prior thePrincess, depending on whether 4 or 6 cylinder, and specification was Austin or Morris 1800 and 1800HL, or Austin or Morris 2200 and 2200 HL (as well as the six cylinder Wolseley Saloon), so the Princess designation for everything under one umbrella became so much simpler. The Princess was in production from 1975 to 1978 in 4 cylinder 1800 and 1800HL , or 6 cylinder Princess 2200HL and Princess 2200HLS models. After this the car was updated from mid 1978 and called the "Princess 2" when the new 4 cylinder engine was 1.7 or 2 litres and the 6 cylinder engines were also offered. Production of the Princess 2 models carried on to 1981.
The Princess and Vanden Plas Princess original tyre size was 185/70SR14, and Blockley produces a great 185/70VR14 tyre to suit.