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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 4:46 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

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My dad went from a company "landcrab" 1800 to the Wedgie Princesses, somehow managing to avoid the Ambassador and had an early A-reg Montego saloon (2.0HL IIRC), which was light-years ahead of the Princess in many ways.


The Princess pre-dated the Ambassador.

The latter was what the Princess should've been all along, a hatchback (the Princess had a huge boot but a tiny boot opening).
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..and IIRC CRayford (remember them?) did a hatchback conversion of the Princess.  IIRC Dad avoided the Austin/Morris/Wolseley triumvirate and went straight to a "Leyland Princess".  The Ambassador must have had a relatively short life as dad had P, S, V, X Princesses and A, D, F plate Montegos, buying the last one (an MG) at a special price when he retired
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tim wrote:
Martin wrote:
My Dad has a late (C Reg) 2600S auto company car. †It was an absolute delight after an Ambassador 2.0 HLS!


He should think himself lucky, my dad had a 1.7L for a while †


Think yourselves lucky, my Dad went from a CitroŽn Visa 652cc Special to a Skoda Estelle 120L5.  No company cars, a tightwad nature and a compete distrust of anything second hand with two growing kids meant it was a Skoda or Lara Riva - the FSO Polonez having been removed from the options for being too expensive...
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In life I've only ever come across two Estelles - my mate's first Skoda and a girl from North Shields, and they both had wayward rear ends.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
..and IIRC CRayford (remember them?) did a hatchback conversion of the Princess. †IIRC Dad avoided the Austin/Morris/Wolseley triumvirate and went straight to a "Leyland Princess". †The Ambassador must have had a relatively short life as dad had P, S, V, X Princesses and A, D, F plate Montegos, buying the last one (an MG) at a special price when he retired


Our Ambassador was a Y.
The Montego appeared at the very end of A reg, possibly only for a few weeks before B appeared.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dad managed to avoid any BL rubbish. When we came back from Italy in 1986, he was given a Cavalier SRi hatchback initially as company car. I think it was a C-reg and it was black with natty cross-spoke alloys. That made way pretty quickly for a C-reg Senator 3.0 CD, which then was replaced with an F-reg E34 520i SE. By the time the 5-series was due for replacement in 1991 or thereabouts, he had moved back to Italy where he managed to swing himself a Range Rover Vogue SE.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bob Sacamano wrote:
In life I've only ever come across two Estelles - my mate's first Skoda and a girl from North Shields, and they both had wayward rear ends.


Not sure which would last longer in your memory, or even more fondly!

It did have a penchant for arse-out in the wet, which could be fun with worm and roller steering and the mindset of a 17 year old.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2017 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tim wrote:
Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
..and IIRC CRayford (remember them?) did a hatchback conversion of the Princess. †IIRC Dad avoided the Austin/Morris/Wolseley triumvirate and went straight to a "Leyland Princess". †The Ambassador must have had a relatively short life as dad had P, S, V, X Princesses and A, D, F plate Montegos, buying the last one (an MG) at a special price when he retired


Our Ambassador was a Y.
The Montego appeared at the very end of A reg, possibly only for a few weeks before B appeared.


Ours was a A reg and was the first BL car after many years on company Renaults. †The Ambassador felt like a step down from his previous car, a 20TS, but he didn't keep it long thanks to a promotion and it did make the Rover (B reg) feel pretty special. † My Dad didn't like the Rover 820, so when the time came to change (1987), he went for a a Mk3 Granada 2.0i Ghia with air conditioning. †That felt like jumping forward a decade.

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