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.

Technical Information

Radiator Additives
By Robin Phipson
N.E.South African Jaguar Club

This article is written with the knowledge that it might possibly offend 95% of the-radiator
additive salesmen amongst us. Nevertheless, judging by the overwhelming number of
people that order X16 thermostats from me, and their queries on additives, overheating
etc, it became apparent that this subject needs further airing in the hope that members
will have a better understanding of cooling systems, and thereby will be able to maintain
them better. (read more)

Oils for a Classic Cars
CHACA Article - Jan 2006

During my weekly fill at the local Caltex station, I saw they had introduced 'Classic' motor oil for old car engines in good condition. As it was rated SG and not the current SK or SL and did not bear the words 'for older engines' or 'reduces oil consumption', I felt it was worth looking into it. (read more)

Regualr Brake Checks May Save P's & P-Nuts!
by Darren Holt

It was a fine Saturday morning, the sun was shining in all its glory and there was not a cloud in the sky. So I decided to finally have a look at that sticking rear brake! (read more)

Another Wiper Conversion
by Garth Morris

Well as everyone has heard, I’ve decided to change my wipers over to a system that doesn’t involve a park circuit. This has the main advantage of being instantaneous when the wiper switch is activated. (read more)

Intermittent Wiper Conversion
by Jilden Reichardt

Using Ford XD-EF intermittent module (single speed delay). New approximately $30, second hand $5-$10 (read more)

Refurbish Your Seats
by Mick Clarke

To make your seats like new you have to replace the Pirelli webbing in both base and back squab of the seat. (read more)

Donning the Speedos
by Phillip McCumisky

I recently purchased a December build Executive which was not sold new by the Leyland
Geelong dealers in Victoria until March 1974. This car was equipped with a km speedo, as I understand it, the car would/should have has a mph speedo as metrication did not officially start until January 1, 1974. (read more)

Stop Your P76 Rusting
by Robert Hutcheon

So you've owned your car for quite a while. It used to be in good condition but as time goes on you've noticed a bit of corrosion here and there and a damp smell to the interior. (read more)

Painting of Clear Front Indicators
by Scott Reynolds

I bought a pair of new front indicators for my Apricot V8, I had to decide if I would colour the indicator lenses orange, or leave them clear & use orange globes. (read more)

Starter Motor & Ring Gear Drive Plate
by Tony DeLuca

This subject has been covered in the past, however there still appears confusion on which starter motor mates with which ring gear/drive plate (read more)

P76 Literature

Not many cars, particularly one with such a short history have had two books written about them. These books are:

“Leyland P76 – The Definitive Guide to Australia's most controversial car”, by Hal Maloney. Published in 2002 by Marque Publishing Company Pty Ltd.

“Leyland P76 – anything  but average”, by Gavin Farmer. This book is a history of a uniquely Australian Motor car.  Published in 2008 by Ilinga books.

Both are very well worth reading and give not only a most comprehensive history of the P76 and Leyland Australia, but also provide an insight into the Australian motoring industry of the 1970's and earlier.

They contain many articles and historic documents from the 1970's about the P76, and a huge number of excellent articles from the news media of the day, together with some superb photography.

Archive of P76 Technical Information

The P76 Owners Club of Victoria Inc is proud to have maintained a historical record of both our club and the Leyland P76 including technical information.

Technical Documents and Leyland Service Bulletins