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« Reply #60 on: 06 June, 2021, 07:25:18 AM »

Erm...., is that post perhaps a stray from another thread?
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1962 Appia Berlina
1975 2000 HF Coupe
1979 Beta 1600 Coupe

1973 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe
1977 Princess 2200 HL
1981 Lotus Eclat S2 FOR SALE
1982 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza
1982 Moto Morini 350 S
1983 Land Rover SIII 88
2009 Jaguar XK
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« Reply #61 on: 10 June, 2021, 10:27:48 AM »

The coolest car at Glyndebourne yesterday (with my mum, my nephew, and his girlfriend to see Rossini's Il Turco in Italia, which was done with a 1950s Italian neo-realist theme, Fiat 500s included).



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1962 Appia Berlina
1975 2000 HF Coupe
1979 Beta 1600 Coupe

1973 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe
1977 Princess 2200 HL
1981 Lotus Eclat S2 FOR SALE
1982 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza
1982 Moto Morini 350 S
1983 Land Rover SIII 88
2009 Jaguar XK
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« Reply #62 on: 10 June, 2021, 12:25:27 PM »


How comfortable was the rear seat for your passengers, may I ask?
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« Reply #63 on: 10 June, 2021, 12:50:38 PM »

They said that it was fine.  They may have been fibbing, of course!

The car was not super lively with four people and picnic stuff on board.
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1962 Appia Berlina
1975 2000 HF Coupe
1979 Beta 1600 Coupe

1973 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe
1977 Princess 2200 HL
1981 Lotus Eclat S2 FOR SALE
1982 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza
1982 Moto Morini 350 S
1983 Land Rover SIII 88
2009 Jaguar XK
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« Reply #64 on: 13 June, 2021, 01:24:50 PM »

Livelier two up.  Another trip to the opera, and overnight in East Sussex.




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1962 Appia Berlina
1975 2000 HF Coupe
1979 Beta 1600 Coupe

1973 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe
1977 Princess 2200 HL
1981 Lotus Eclat S2 FOR SALE
1982 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza
1982 Moto Morini 350 S
1983 Land Rover SIII 88
2009 Jaguar XK
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« Reply #65 on: 13 June, 2021, 07:05:39 PM »

It's in danger of becoming known as the "Opera Coupe".
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« Reply #66 on: 13 June, 2021, 07:28:05 PM »

Colour's right -

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1962 Appia Berlina
1975 2000 HF Coupe
1979 Beta 1600 Coupe

1973 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe
1977 Princess 2200 HL
1981 Lotus Eclat S2 FOR SALE
1982 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza
1982 Moto Morini 350 S
1983 Land Rover SIII 88
2009 Jaguar XK
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« Reply #67 on: 17 June, 2021, 04:35:11 PM »

Plentiful driving over the last few months have taken their toll: one small engine oil leak, one power steering fluid leak, and two coolant leaks.  All should be easy fixes, but the HF now gets a rest in the barn whilst my Beta takes the strain. 
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1962 Appia Berlina
1975 2000 HF Coupe
1979 Beta 1600 Coupe

1973 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe
1977 Princess 2200 HL
1981 Lotus Eclat S2 FOR SALE
1982 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza
1982 Moto Morini 350 S
1983 Land Rover SIII 88
2009 Jaguar XK
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« Reply #68 on: 18 June, 2021, 10:04:56 AM »

My father was a Production Engineer in British Leyland, and thus BL cars are very much wired into my system.  I have had various Triumphs, Landies, and a couple of Rovers.  My dad's favourite car was his Princess.  He had it from 1979 to 1983, and in it he drove me to my university interviews in December 1980, collected me a couple of days later (on the journey home we heard the news of John Lennon's death), and - the interviews having gone well - he drove me to university in the Princess in October 1981.

When I got the newly purchased Princess home yesterday after a smooooooooooth journey from Southampton to South Oxfordshire, my 83 year old mum shed a tear when she saw me getting out of the car.  She said that she had seen a ghost.  I gave her a hug and we had a drink in memory of my dad.  Now I have to decide whether when I take my mum to Glyndebourne on Wednesday we go in the HF or in the Princess.



 

That's a lovely looking car. I always liked the design of the princess and think it's under-rated. Although from memory, the ones I used to see in the flesh often looked too high on the rear suspension for some reason. Any more pics of your new purchase please?

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« Reply #69 on: 18 June, 2021, 02:32:30 PM »

I am delighted with the Princess, which is a smooth and wafty drive.  The high gearing means that even though it lacks a fifth gear it cruises quietly at 80 on the motorway.  Unlike the Allegro, which was ruined when being industrialised, Harris Mann's design for the Princess was industrialised with few changes, although BL made the mistake of not including the hatchback that Mann had drawn for the car.

Here are some pictures.















 
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1962 Appia Berlina
1975 2000 HF Coupe
1979 Beta 1600 Coupe

1973 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe
1977 Princess 2200 HL
1981 Lotus Eclat S2 FOR SALE
1982 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza
1982 Moto Morini 350 S
1983 Land Rover SIII 88
2009 Jaguar XK
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« Reply #70 on: 05 July, 2021, 07:18:23 AM »

At a local car show with my brother's TR7.

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1962 Appia Berlina
1975 2000 HF Coupe
1979 Beta 1600 Coupe

1973 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe
1977 Princess 2200 HL
1981 Lotus Eclat S2 FOR SALE
1982 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza
1982 Moto Morini 350 S
1983 Land Rover SIII 88
2009 Jaguar XK
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« Reply #71 on: 05 July, 2021, 10:22:19 AM »

The lack of a tailgate is an interesting point. We take a tailgate for granted these days but I recall in the mid eighties opinion was divided in the case of executive cars, specifically the Ford Granada Mk 3 or Scorpio. The argument was that the "executive" in the back seat should remain cossetted while his driver put the suit cases in the boot. The same issue notably applies to the Gamma Berlina.
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« Reply #72 on: 05 July, 2021, 03:10:05 PM »

Rover boldly chose a hatchback for the SD1, which has an enormous load carrying capacity.
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1962 Appia Berlina
1975 2000 HF Coupe
1979 Beta 1600 Coupe

1973 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe
1977 Princess 2200 HL
1981 Lotus Eclat S2 FOR SALE
1982 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza
1982 Moto Morini 350 S
1983 Land Rover SIII 88
2009 Jaguar XK
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« Reply #73 on: 19 July, 2021, 06:36:58 AM »

Talking of load carrying, holiday time -


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1962 Appia Berlina
1975 2000 HF Coupe
1979 Beta 1600 Coupe

1973 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe
1977 Princess 2200 HL
1981 Lotus Eclat S2 FOR SALE
1982 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza
1982 Moto Morini 350 S
1983 Land Rover SIII 88
2009 Jaguar XK
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