A Bit about the Car

The Leyland P76 is the only large family car designed and built in Australia. Just over 18,000 were built at the Leyland Zetland plant in NSW during 1973 to 1974. A further 650 were assembled in New Zealand from Completely Knocked Down kits.

The P76 was manufactured with both an alloy V8 engine (4.4 litre based on the Buick / Rover 3.5 litre engine;) and an in line 6 cylinder iron engine (2.6 litre based on the Leyland engine fitted to the Kimberley).

The car was made in three different models; the base line Deluxe, the Super and the top of the line Executive. The only difference between these models was the trim levels. Each model was available with either engine; with a 4 speed manual floor shift, 3 speed manual column shift or a 3 speed automatice gearbx (Borg Warner 35) with either column or floor mounted T bar shift.

In 1974 a Targa Florio option pack was also made available – this was based on the Super model but also included special stripes on the body work, special colours, a limited slip differential and a laminated windscreen.

P76 non metallic colours included: Corinthian Blue (turquoise), Am-I-Blu (sky blue), Oh Fudge (brown), Hairy Lime (lime green), Home on Th'Orange (orange), Plum Loco (pink), Bitter Apricot (burnt orange), Spanish Olive (olive green), Dry Red (claret red), Bold as Brass (yellow), Country Cream (cream), and Crystal White (white). Metallic colours were Omega Navy (navy blue), Peel me a Grape (purple), Nutmeg (brown), and Aspen Green (green). Oceana Green was a colour shade introduced late in 1974. Two other colour choices were introduced in the late production era, Oceana Green and Pimento (Orange) (NZ only). Vehiscle painted in these two colours are quite rare.

Interior colours included Imperial Leather (brown),Antique Parchment (cream/buff), Casino Blue (blue), and Black. White was also available but mainly used on Force 7 vehicles.

A two door hatchback version of the car called the Force 7 was manufactured but never released, with only 9 vehicles being sold at auction. This is a very rare car.

Three station wagons were manufactured at the Zetland Plant. One was destroyed during crash testing; one was destroyed by Leyland following durability testing and the last was sold to a Sydney spare parts dealer.

The P76 actually won the Wheels Car of the Year Award in 1974. Despite its treatment by Government and due to many factors outside the control of Leyland Australia, the P76 was an outstanding car for the day.

As stated in Gavin Farmer's book on the P76 “Leyland P76 – Anything but Average”. “Was the P76 a bad car? No it was not. Flawed perhaps. Technically it was regarded by many critics as superior to its competitors – General Motors' Holden HQ Kingswood; Ford's XA Falcon; and Chrysler's VJ Valiant – and had a higher local content than any of them.”

There are P76 owners Clubs in all states of Australia (except Tasmania) and the Northern Territory. There is also a very active P76 Owners Club in New Zealand.

Club Events & Activities

The Leyland P76 Owners Club of Victoria and Tasmania runs a number of activities and events for club members.

Keep reading for more information.

2018 Leyland P76 National Meeting

To celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the Leyland P76, the Leyland P76 Owners Club of Victoria and Tasmania hosted a National Meeting over Easter 2018 in the beautiful Murray River city of Wodonga.

Click here for photos.

Events Calendar

Date

State

Event

Other Details

19 August 2018

Vic

Mailing Rd Auto Classico

Mailing Rd 10am – 3pm

2 September 2018

Vic

Showcars Melb Fathers Day Show

Acland St 10am – 4pm

2 September 2018

Tas

VCCA North Spring Swap

Mowbray Race Course 7.30am – 3pm

16 September 2018

Vic

7th Annual Concourse Car Show

Beaumaris Concourse 10am – 1.30pm

16 September 2018

Vic

Cool Cars Kicking Cancer

Gippsland Vehicle Collection 1A Sale Rd from 9am

16 September 2018

Tas

Convicts to Classics Show

Woolmers Estate 10am – 3pm

23 September 2018

Vic

BCVC 1st Annual Show n Shine

Birchip Leisure Centre 7am – 2.30pm

6 October 2018

Vic

Myrtleford Show n Shine

Myrtleford Showgrounds 8am – 3pm

7 October 2018

Vic

Aust National Show n Shine Euroa

Euora 8am – 3pm

13 October 2018

Vic

Malmsbury Show n Shine

Malmsbury from 8.30am

14 October 2018

Vic

Kiewa Valley Chrome Bumper

Coulston Park Rec Reserve 10am – 3pm

14 October 2018

Vic

Wheels for the Firies

Eltham College 10am – 2pm

12-14 October 2018

Vic

Motoclassica

www.motoclassica.com.au

11 November 2018

Tas

Cars on the Coast

Triabunna Oval 10am – 3pm

11 November 2018

Tas

Claremont Girl Guides Trash to Treasure Car Show

Claremont Girl Guides Hall from 10am

30 November – 3 December 2018

Tas

Aust Monaro Nationals

Launceston 10am – 4pm daily

9 December 2018

Tas

Shannons Classic Charity Run

Campbell Town Oval 10.30am – 2.30pm