1975-81 BL 18-22 SERIES/PRINCESS
Unique styling so evocative of its era, great to drive in six-cylinder form
Nothing looks like a Wedge – it’s amazing that a major manufacturer could come up with something so different and innovative. Sadly, Austin, Morris and Wolseley versions were dropped after six months in favour of a range branded merely as Princess, but while you could have a four-cylinder BMC B-Series engine, who would have denied themselves the joy of a 2227cc ‘six’?
Hydragas suspension gives excellent ride and handling, and space and comfort levels are off the clock.
Rust festers along the door bottoms, wheelarches and sills. The wings rot where they meet the headlights.
Look for rot around the rear suspension mountings and leaking Hydragas displacers.
A recalcitrant first gear is sometimes down to clutch wear rather than trouble with the gearbox itself. A rubbery-feeling shift is perfectly normal.