1975-81 BL 18-22 SE­RIES/PRINCESS

Unique styling so evoca­tive of its era, great to drive in six-cylin­der form

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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.

BUY­ING TIPS

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.

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