And here is the car that the Princess should always have been: Crayford produced its own hatchback versions of the 18-22 Series/Princess, but at a time when the five-door saloon was still a rarity, it announced its product as an estate car.
Here’s what we know about the Crayford Princess Estate…
Crayford builds a better Princess
Hot on the heels of the launch of the 18-22 Series in March 1975, Crayford unveiled its Estate conversion on the Princess. Well, they said Estate, but it’s clearly the hatchback that BLMC never made out of its wedge-shaped saloon which was soon to be rebranded as the Princess. The Crayford Princess Estate was unveiled at the British Motor Show in October 1975, and British Leyland soon took notice.
Crayford had form here – it built an interesting hatchback conversion of the BMC 1800, marketed as the 1800 Estate. According to the Crayford Convertible owners website, it was priced between £2799 for the 1800 to £3682 for the 2200 HLS version.
Functionally, the Crayford Princess Estate was all-but identical to the Torcars version and, as far as we know, none have survived.
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