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Lot 438: Austin A135 Princess II Saloon

The Beaulieu Sale, Bonhams (7 September 2013)

Intended by Austin boss Leonard Lord to rival the contemporary Bentley, the luxurious Sheerline and Princess models arrived in 1947. Unlike Longbridge's up-market models of pre-war days, the newcomers were aimed at the owner-driver rather than the carriage trade, though the coachbuilt (by Austin's newly acquired subsidiary, Vanden Plas) Princess was available as a Touring Limousine with division. A separate-chassis design, the newcomers were powered by Austin's new 3.5-litre overhead-valve six. This was soon enlarged to 4.0 litres and in triple-SU carburettor form as installed in the early A135 Princess produced 135bhp, an output good enough for a top speed of 89mph. Later versions made do with a single carburettor, topping out at 86mph. Introduced in 1950, the Princess II was distinguishable by virtue of its 'dog leg' rear quarter-light while the III featured a revised radiator grille. One of only 669 Princess II saloons built between 1950 and 1953, this example has been stored for some considerable time and is offered for restoration. The body panels appear well preserved; the interior though, is very poor. There is no history or registration document with this Lot, which is sold strictly as viewed.

Lot Details
Auction The Beaulieu Sale
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number438
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£115
Year1952
Condition rating5
Registration numberOSU 614
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