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On testthe Austin Princess 2200HLS

On testthe Austin Princess 2200HLS Watch it! Your crown's slipping THE trouble with test driving is that night-time driving through its paces on a stretch of you can never be sure whether you've country road which a fleet of Wrinkles like these are easy enough got a "Friday lemon" or a car which is steamrollers couldn't flatten and — to remove, I suppose, but they unlike lesser cars — the experience shouldn't occur in the first place in the fairly typical of the whole week's batch. didn't result in a jarred spine. third most costly car in the Leyland Was I just unlucky with this 2200 The Princess also retained her crown range. HLS? Or can any new owner, having on cold weather starts, thanks to a paid the not inconsiderable sum of Stylish the Princess can certainly battery which looked formidable £3,800, expect to look in his rear view claim to be. Love it or hate it, you've enough to fit an artic lorry. mirror and see the boot lid bobbing up got to admire the boldness of the But though the engine fired easily and down on his way home from the wedge-shaped appearance. This, coupled enough on even the frostiest of showroom? But it was thoughtful of with the design innovations first of the mornings, it took longer than one would Leyland Cars to put a cord round the mini and later the Rover 3500 and expect to push back the manual choke spare wheel cover. It came in useful for Jaguar XJS, makes a refreshing change without experiencing severe hiccups on tying down the boot lid for the from the standarised boxes of other second to third gear acceleration. The remainder of the journey, though the major car producers — Citroen gear lever, too, proved somewhat sticky, sight of such a makeshift repair on a excepted. particularly when changing down. brand new car is hardly likely to inspire Inside, the HLS — the priciest version Power assisted steering? Well, I confidence in prospective purchasers. in the Princess range — is everything one suppose it's a boon to frail old ladies It was also a mistake to unlock the would of a luxury car: front and rear and golfers with sprained wrists, but I glove compartment. The catch was arm rests and an extra cigarette lighter prefer to do without it. The steering faulty on that, too. for back-seat passengers, as well as linkage has the feel of an elastic band separately controlled interior rear lights; and it's all too easy to oversteer; not a Driving around with the boot lid tied not forgetting, of course, the other comfortable thought when the roads are down with cord and the glove standard features: clock (which on this like a skating rink anyway. compartment lid fastened with sticky particular model lost half an hour a tape would have been an added Verdict: the Princess will certainly day), battery condition gauge, dipping humiliation for this particular Princess, give a regal touch to any executive fleet. interior mirror and a seat belt warning so the lid stayed down while the interior As for the faults, I would prefer to be light. light of the compartment illuminated an charitable and assume that on other cars empty front passenger seat during The Hydragas suspension was put the locks are perfect! C.P. ■ FEBRUARY 1977 37 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Industrial Management Emerald Publishing

On testthe Austin Princess 2200HLS

Industrial Management , Volume 77 (2): 1 – Feb 1, 1977

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0007-6929
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Watch it! Your crown's slipping THE trouble with test driving is that night-time driving through its paces on a stretch of you can never be sure whether you've country road which a fleet of Wrinkles like these are easy enough got a "Friday lemon" or a car which is steamrollers couldn't flatten and — to remove, I suppose, but they unlike lesser cars — the experience shouldn't occur in the first place in the fairly typical of the whole week's batch. didn't result in a jarred spine. third most costly car in the Leyland Was I just unlucky with this 2200 The Princess also retained her crown range. HLS? Or can any new owner, having on cold weather starts, thanks to a paid the not inconsiderable sum of Stylish the Princess can certainly battery which looked formidable £3,800, expect to look in his rear view claim to be. Love it or hate it, you've enough to fit an artic lorry. mirror and see the boot lid bobbing up got to admire the boldness of the But though the engine fired easily and down on his way home from the wedge-shaped appearance. This, coupled enough on even the frostiest of showroom? But it was thoughtful of with the design innovations first of the mornings, it took longer than one would Leyland Cars to put a cord round the mini and later the Rover 3500 and expect to push back the manual choke spare wheel cover. It came in useful for Jaguar XJS, makes a refreshing change without experiencing severe hiccups on tying down the boot lid for the from the standarised boxes of other second to third gear acceleration. The remainder of the journey, though the major car producers — Citroen gear lever, too, proved somewhat sticky, sight of such a makeshift repair on a excepted. particularly when changing down. brand new car is hardly likely to inspire Inside, the HLS — the priciest version Power assisted steering? Well, I confidence in prospective purchasers. in the Princess range — is everything one suppose it's a boon to frail old ladies It was also a mistake to unlock the would of a luxury car: front and rear and golfers with sprained wrists, but I glove compartment. The catch was arm rests and an extra cigarette lighter prefer to do without it. The steering faulty on that, too. for back-seat passengers, as well as linkage has the feel of an elastic band separately controlled interior rear lights; and it's all too easy to oversteer; not a Driving around with the boot lid tied not forgetting, of course, the other comfortable thought when the roads are down with cord and the glove standard features: clock (which on this like a skating rink anyway. compartment lid fastened with sticky particular model lost half an hour a tape would have been an added Verdict: the Princess will certainly day), battery condition gauge, dipping humiliation for this particular Princess, give a regal touch to any executive fleet. interior mirror and a seat belt warning so the lid stayed down while the interior As for the faults, I would prefer to be light. light of the compartment illuminated an charitable and assume that on other cars empty front passenger seat during The Hydragas suspension was put the locks are perfect! C.P. ■ FEBRUARY 1977 37

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Industrial ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 1, 1977

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