A Bit about the Name

The name of the P76 derived from the car's codename while in development (Project 76). Speculation surrounds the naming and parentage of the P76. One story says the name was apparently the platoon number of British Leyland head Donald Stokes. Another story is that the P76 was based on a Rover design, and that the "P" coding signified that it emanated from Rover. Rover's coding for its models included the P4, P5, P6 and P8 (although the P8 never reached mass production).

The official line was that the P76 was an original Australian designed and built Large Family Car, with no overseas counterpart and that P76 stood for "Project 1976". The Rover SD1 (released in 1976) shared several engineering features with P76 — including MacPherson strut front suspension, the aluminium V8 engine and a live rear axle.

Source: Wikipedia Online

Leyland P76 Models

The P76 was released in June 1973 in three levels of trim, with a choice of three transmissions - three- and four-speed manuals and an automatic. Models ranged from the Deluxe through the Super to the top-of-the-line Executive, intended as a competitor for the Fairlane/Statesman. The Deluxe had two headlights while the more upmarket models sported four. A basic fleet model was also available, but it seems that very few were made.


The "Deluxe" was originally intended to be the mainstay of P76 production .

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The "Super" model was conceived as the middle range family car.

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The "Executive" model created a new niche in the Australian car market.

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Targa Florio

The "Targa Florio" was actually a option pack on the P76 "Super".


Force 7

The Force7v Coupes - much controversy and argument had surrounded these cars.

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Station Wagon

The P76 wagon is arguably the rarest of all the P76 variants - rarer then even a Force 7 coupe.