Long way from finished, the purple needs a coat or two more, the brightwork needs applying and the dashboard needs converting from LHD to RHD. I have a finalised plan, I promised myself I'd paint this model only when I was 100% happy with the direction I was going with the car. The model is a 1:43 scale model from Heller and nicely detailed on the whole, Princess kits are pretty hard to come by.
This means then that I'm going for the original Champagne Beige base coat with a 100 Club (Princess special edition) style two-tone in a royal purple, possibly Aconite (full circle on that one, then) and the HL trim level black satin on the C pillars, boot top and door frames. The wheels will be Lotus alloys in the fairer months and original Princess steels in the saltier months. Rear lights will likely be the 100E units I'm polishing and the grille will likely become a black satin or chrome tube full width type that can be swapped out for the original trims if I want to. Bumpers stay and the door handles go beige to blend them into the body. Interior will simply be the really good black velour and vinyl set I already have with the modified purple dash panel, nothing fancy apart from the multicolour crochet seat protectors which again I can remove at will. The original clear glass will receive a light smoke tint, partly for aesthetics but mainly for comfort in the sunnier days because it's a bit of a greenhouse with the clear glass.
In the far future I may have to go onto airbags/hydraulics because the Hydragas system is on borrowed time thanks to nobody producing a compatible new displacer unit for the Princess and a seemingly increasing rate of failure on the units out there at the moment. I'll run the Hydragas for as long as I can but realistically I think it will have to make way for a custom set up just because of parts availability.
On the Xantia front, that's now off the road until I can get some time in at the garage with it to do the clutch. I've been on borrowed time with the clutch for several thousand miles and it is now starting to be difficult to drive. I've got the kit to do it, I just haven't had the free space or time at the garage to get it done and I've not had the funds to farm the job out. Thankfully, I work from home and the garage is only about a mile's walk.
Things are settling out nicely.