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 'Deluxe'


The "Deluxe" was originally intended to be the mainstay of P76 production . Like the oppositions counterparts of the "Falcon 500 , the Kingswood and the Ranger" , the Deluxe was expected to be the "Bread and Butter" version of the P76 .

Surprisingly the up-market "Super" version became nearly an equal seller to the Deluxe surprising both the opposition and Leyland Australia . The Deluxe was offered with a wide range of options starting with the "three speed" column manual OHC six with a bench seat up to the V8 version with bucket seats and column auto . These cars can be found in any combination of options , including factory air-conditioning (V8 only) but none were fitted with t-bar autos , full consoles or power-steering .

Externally the cars are easiest identified by the "single" 7-inch headlights and wider grill , all chrome except on the drip rail and windscreens are missing and "skinny" wheels with simple centre caps were fitted . The interior was devoid of woodgrain except for the simplified instrument cluster , with a painted silver finish on the dash and glovebox area . Rubber floor mats and a bench seat were standard equipment . The door trims were simplified and had no carpet on the bottom . The door tops and inside pillars were not padded . The padded and recessed mounting for the sun-visors was replaced with a simple panel covered in the same material as the headlining . Sound-proofing was kept to a minimum .

Late build cars were offered with a "luxury pack" that contained bucket seats (reclining still optional) a radio and loop pile carpet . Mechanically the Deluxe was identical to all other P76's and so the best performing of all the P76's had to be the slightly lighter V8 4 speed Deluxe . Deluxe's were offered in all the colours , but are rare in metallic colours .

A taxi version was built on the Deluxe and it was the only car that actually met and qualified for the then governments newly released "taxi standard" - eventually the government altered the standard so the oppositions cars could also qualify .

Although basic these cars still remained a level above their opposition with power brakes with rear antilock/balance valve , hazard lights and deep foam seats and huge boot as standard .

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