Classic Car Catalogue

Princess 1978

Princess 1800/1800HL (R4 cyl, 1798 cc, 82 bhp) - discontinued
Princess 2200HL/2200HLS (R4 cyl, 2227 cc, 110 bhp) - discontinued
Princess 1700L/HL (R4 cyl, 1695 cc, 87 bhp) - July
Princess 2000HL (R4 cyl, 1993 cc, 93 bhp) - July
Princess 2200HL/HLS (R4 cyl, 2227 cc, 110 bhp) - July

Great Britain

LEYLAND PRINCESS 2 1700 £3,725
Since July, Leyland's Princess models have received minor trim changes, transmission modifications, and a pair of advanced new four-cylinder engines of 1695 and 1993 cc. Both motors use an identical cast-iron block, variation in crankshaft stroke providing the capacity differences. The smaller of the two engines develops five more horsepower than the old 1800 pushrod ohv unit which has been phased out of Princess production. The new power-units have light-alloy heads and belt-driven overhead camshafts, and drive the front wheels through either a four-speed manual gearbox, or a three-speed automatic transmission.
LEYLAND PRINCESS 2 2200 £4,389
Like the four-cylinder Princess models, the six-cylinder 2200 was also the subject of improved trim and transmission modifications last July, but the 2.2-litre transverse, overhead camshaft motor was unchanged. Unlike the 1700 and 2000 versions which are available as L and HL types only (according to trim and specification), the 2200s are made as HL and super-luxury HLS models. The HLS has velour-faced seats, heater/ventilation ducts to rear compartment, bright door trim, side-window demist and other de luxe fittings. All Princesses have super-safety 'Ten-Twenty' windscreens by Triplex, and plastic-lined front wheel arches.

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