1978 Rover - Austin Princess HL 2.2 petrol from UK and Ireland
Clutch (100K) and other normal wear and tear items, Headlamp switch only failure, otherwise reliable over last 60K.
Rust on back/bottom corners of rear doors and trim panels. Better than my 9 year old Rover 820.
6 Cylinder engine excellent, very smooth, but thirsty when used hard (down to 15mpg, normally around 25-30). Regular servicing essential, twin carbs are hard to balance.
Excellent ride, reasonable handling. Quiet. Lots of space.
Very durable well made car, (this one must have been built mid-week) and much better than reputation.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th March, 1998
7th Jan 2004, 15:16
1st May 2006, 08:36
These cars never had 6 cylinder engines - only the 4 cylinder O-series engine.
1st May 2006, 10:34
WRONG. The Princess 2200 had a transverse 6 cylinder engine with twin SUs.
1st May 2006, 16:10
Which six cylinder engine was it? I have worked on one of these cars and I didn't think there was enough room in there for a straight six to be installed.