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 is hosting a National Meeting over Easter 2018 in the beautiful Murray River city of Wodonga.

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Targa Floria Australian Tribute 2017

A rare opportunity for P76 Owners to be part of a historical event.

It is not often that our cars are part of modern history but, over four days from Wednesday the 29th of November through to Sunday the 3rd of December, cars from around the world will converge on Victoria to be part of the first ever Targa Florio held outside Italy!  

And we're invited to be part of the show!

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Events Calendar

Date

State

Event

Other Details

5 November 2017

VIC

Balmoral Lions Club Show & Shine

Balmoral Rec Reserve 10am – 3pm

5 November 2017

TAS

Festival of Wheels

Derwent Entertainment Centre

12 November 2017

VIC

Lara Lions Club Car & Bike Show

Pirra Homestead from 9am

12 November 2017

TAS

Cars on the Coast

Triabunna Oval 10am – 3pm

24 – 26 November 2017

VIC

Geelong Revival

Geelong Waterfront from 8am

29 November – 3 December 2017

VIC

TARGA FLORIO

3 December 2018

TAS

Shannons Classic Car Run

Campbell Town Oval 10am – 3pm

10 December 2017

VIC

BMC Grand Day Out

Bundoora Park, Plenty Rd, Bundoora 10am – 3pm

21 January 2018

VIC

Annual Northern Car/Bike Show

Cole Reserve Pascoe Vale 10am – 4pm

26 January 2018

VIC

Shannons Aussie Classic Car Show

Yarra Glen Race Course from 9.30am

27 January 2018

TAS

Wheels Wine & Dine

George Bay Esplanade from 10am

4 February 2018

TAS

Geeveston Wheels in the Park

Heritage Park 10am – 4pm

4 February 2018

TAS

Heartkids Car & Bike Show

Entally Estate 9am – 3pm

11 February 2018

VIC

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Hanging Rock Reserve 8am – 4pm

18 February 2018

TAS

Deloraine Car Show Pre 1988 Cars

Main St Deloraine

25 February 2018

TAS

Wings & Things

Georgetown Airfield 10am – 3pm

30 March – 2 April 2018

VIC

Leyland P76 Nationals

Wodonga

8 April 2018

VIC

Shepparton Motor Show

Shepparton Show Grounds 8am – 2pm