Austin Princess 135 DS3
The successor to the Princess I, the Princess II was announced in August 1950. Powered by Austin’s ‘D’ series 3995cc, 6 cylinder OHV engine four speed manual gearbox with steering column change. Synchromesh engagement also for the upper three speeds. The new model had a single ‘Stromberg’ carburetor with Triple SU’s becoming special order.
The suspension was independent at the front by means of coil springs and wishbones and semi-elliptic springs at the rear. Lockheed hydraulic brakes were fitted front and rear.
The body of the new Princess was still built of aluminum on an ash frame but with a steel bonnet, front wings and radiator cowl. The original ‘Austin Sheerline’ style radiator grille and bumpers were retained but the auxiliary fog lights were now mounted on the bumper rather than being recessed into the front wings.
At introduction the DS3 cost £1822 with the price rising to £2649 in August 1951 after a car was tested and received a complementary article in Autocar!
‘BGR 355’ was registered in Sunderland in 1951. The heritage certificate supplied with the cars history file states the build date to be 4th > 9th of July that same year.
‘BGR’ was dispatched to agents ‘Murray & Charlton Ltd’ in Newcastle Upon Tyne on the 17th July.
The car is a RHD of home market origin and finished in Grey metallic complemented with superb Red leather interior including Red carpets. The leather may well be original and looks lovely and mellow with no damage. Headlining is also in superb order.
A lovely example of a rare motor car.