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 'Super'

The "Super" model was conceived as the middle range family car – a direct competitor to "Holden's Premier" "Fords Fairmont" and "Valiant's Regal" these cars were targeted at the slightly up-market family .

Leyland were to achieve something that most other manufactures would only dream of with this model , as the "Super" was to achieve a much higher percentage of sales per build than its oppositions offerings . Fords "family" car was to become the lower lspecified "Falcon 500" , Holden's became the "Kingswood" and Valiant carried family's around in "Rangers" .

Only the P76 gained wide scale "mid market" acceptance with its luxury "Super" . Fitted with either V8 or OHC 6 in 4 speed floor shift manual or column / t-bar automatic form, this car had plenty of options . Sharing its external chrome and basic badging with the "Executive" , available in the full range of colours - inside and out these were a good looking car. Deep padded vinyl bucket seats were standard ( no bench option ) . Interestingly the "standard" buckets had fixed backs and    reclining seats were available as an option at an extra $35.oo . The rear seat had a centre armrest (of course) and the interior was complemented with loop pile carpet . Wood grain appeared everywhere from the door trims to the instruments and dash .

A comprehensive dash was shared between this model and the "Executive" with a clock and "Volt" gauge as standard . Extra soundproofing was fitted above the "Deluxe" and included inside the bonnet . Dual 5 inch headlights and grill was fitted, shared with the more up market Executive" as were wider rims and full hubcaps . "Supers" had slightly padded door "tops" and interior "A" pillar areas and were fitted with the padded and recessed sun visor's also uses in the Executive model . Power steering was not a factory option (it was fitted on Targas though).

The boot was painted black and finished in the same rubber floor mat as used in the "Deluxe" . Air conditioning was apparently a late (and rare) option.


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