British Ley­land Princess 2200

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Drive-it Day Special The 50 Greatest Drives - Richard Gunn

This might be re­garded as a bit of a wild-card en­try, so I’d bet­ter ex­plain. What­ever the faults and foibles of British Ley­land’s ‘Wedge’ range, ei­ther real or per­ceived, they are won­der­ful cars when they are work­ing prop­erly. This is par­tic­u­larly true of the six-cylin­der ver­sions. They have a lazy, waft­ing qual­ity where the power comes in smooth, rolling waves in re­sponse to your right foot while the Hy­dra­gas sus­pen­sion gives a magic car­pet ride that soaks up bumps and cos­sets oc­cu­pants. Cou­ple this with the front-wheel drive that al­lows ac­cu­rate aim­ing and you’re left with a big car that out­per­forms its con­tem­po­raries in al­most ev­ery depart­ment.

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