Leyland Princess 2200 HL, Sandglow

Leyland Princess 2200 HL, Sandglow


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Leyland Princess 2200 HL, Sandglow

Limited Edition


Item Code: VA10208

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The Princess modelled can be seen on display at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, as it was used by Top Gear in an episode looking at BL cars. The team bought three cars, one each, Jeremy Clarkson driving a Rover 3500 SD1 V8, Richard Hammond piloting a Triumph Dolomite Sprint and James May in the Princess modelled. James defended the Princess, quite rightly, as the most interesting and forward looking car BL ever made, but the episode is probably most remembered for the team filling every car's interior entirely with water and attempting to drive the sealed cars around the test track while wearing dry suits; the Princess won with ease.      

BL project ADO 71, universally known as the 'wedge' Princess, was originally given the product planning name 'Diablo' and started development in 1970. Stylist Harris Mann initially envisaged it as a hatchback but internal politics overruled this as the Maxi and forthcoming Rover SD1 used this body style. It was launched in 1975 under three brand names, Austin, Morris and Wolseley, as the 18-22 Series indicating the two engines, an 1800cc 4-cylinder and a 2200cc 6-cylinder. Its initial reception with both customers and media was very promising; the car's daring styling and comfortable ride were much praised. However, within six months it had been re-launched as the 'Princess by Leyland' and strikes disrupted both quality and delivery schedules. A total of 224,942 were produced.

Engine: 2222cc 6-IL OHC
Power: 110bhp@3520rpm
Torque: 125lb.ft@2700rpm
Maximum speed: 104mph
0-60 mph: 13.5secs
Weight: 2638lbs (without a water filled cabin)


Austin and Morris are registered trademarks of SAIC Motor Corporation Limited, Licensed by British Motor Heritage Limited. Licensing Agent: LMI www.bmh-ltd.com


A series of die-cast 1:43 scale model automobiles spanning half a century of motoring in Britain. Each model carries a detailed, authentic livery and comes complete with a certificate detailing the history of the vehicle. View the full range

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Scale 1:43
Limited Edition Yes
Limited Edition Size 1,000
Length 100mm
Age Suitability 14+

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Impressive model

This new Corgi model of the Leyland Princess is really nice, capturing the lines and character of the original car perfectly. The sandglow is a great colour, evoking the 1970s really well. Let's hope for some more releases of this model from Corgi, preferably in more of those classic 70s colours like Russet Brown. And perhaps a Wolseley version would be a nice addition to any collection.

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