Torcars Princess Estate

The Torcars Princess was sold through the franchised BL dealer network, and was covered by the BL’s Supercover warranty.

The text and pictures below have been taken from the Torcars brochures.

A Torcars conversion designed to meet the growing demand for five-door saloons – and what a fifth door this is! The original sleek wedge profile is completely retained, but raise the rear door, helped by twin gas pressure struts, and an enormous loadspace is revealed with what is probably the largest estate car aperture available on any European car.

The already impressive specification of the Princess range is further enhanced in estate form:

  • A fully-folding rear seat system transforms the car into an estate when needed, but the plush comfort of the original Princess seating is not lost – even the armrest is there.
  • External airflow extractor grilles are fitted to the rear quarter pillars to ensure effective ventilation throughout the car.
  • Electrically heated rear window.
  • Wash-wipe system for the rear screen is fitted as standard.
  • Fully carpeted luggage area.
  • Rear mud flaps complete the package.

The Torcars Princess Estate is ideal for all your needs. A family car, even 5 adults can travel all day in comfort, refined executive express, quiet, smooth and sumptuous, and a load carrier of generous proportions. With the rear seat lowered there is a load length of nearly 6 feet (yes, you can sleep in comfort too), a load width averaging 4 feet, a load height of nearly 3 feet, and an overall carrying capacity of 54 cubic feet (assuming Denovo wheels and tyres are fitted requiring no spare wheel).

The Torcars Princess Estate is available in 1800 or 2200 engine sizes, with manual or automatic gearbox to the customer’s choice. A range of optional extras are available to suit your requirements.

Click here to see an original advert for the Torcars Princess.

Torcars Princess

Keith Adams

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  1. Ian Pennick says:

    I once rescuced a Torcars Princess , A Russet Brown 2200HLS the original owner can remember that it was a northern area demonstrator car and was infact after the conversion more expensive than the SD1 so it was rather special, Its now in the hands of the PrincessAmbassador Spares Secretary and one day.. will be back on the road 🙂

  2. Dan says:

    Torcars were a great little outfit. The conversions on Marina vans were ingenuous too. Shame they went under by 1980..

  3. It has come to my ears that a Torcars Princess may be available for sale in the Netherlands – complete and running on recharged spheres.

  4. Guy Vincent says:

    My parents owned a small BL dealership in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire from 1970 until 1995. During the 70s dad had a series of Princesses as demonstrators and in late 1979 decided to have one converted into an estate by Torcars thinking it would quickly sell. YMW250V, a Princess 2 2000 HL in Denim Blue with Denovo wheels and a Rokee wooden dash kit was duly whisked off to deepest Devon where the job was completed. At the same time our sales director also put on a new 2000 HL, YMW265V; this was Denim Blue too.
    Within 3 months the standard car was sold but the conversion, YMW250V, defied all attempts to find it a new home and remained in our possession until finally departing to it’s second owner in June 1982, almost 3 years later! We took it back in again in November 1985 and subsequently lost track of it, according to DVLA it went ‘unlicensed’ in December 1992. We never had much luck with Ambassadors either, the 3 demos we registered all struggled to find buyers and lost us money. A pity as they were very comfortable cars indeed.

  5. mike price-james says:

    Here is a contemporary road test,

    If you read the first page, the next pages can be found by clicking links on the bottom of the page.

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