The cars : Leyland P76 development history

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In 1973, Leyland Australia announced that all former Austin and Morris cars would be replaced by a sweeping range of new Leyland-badged cars. The Morris Marina was treated to an Antipodean re-engineering effort, receiving the E4 and E6 engines and being relaunched as the Leyland Marina, but more ambitiously, BLMC wanted to compete with the […]

Leyland P76 : The estate that never was

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The station wagon was a good looking addition to the Leyland P76 range, and one that didn’t see the light of day thanks to the closure of the Zetland plant in 1974. Here’s its story, along with some new pictures taken during its development. Lost Leyland The Leyland P76 station wagon is another missed opportunity […]

Leyland P76 : Missed opportunity in the UK?

The P76 came really close to release in the UK. Roger Foy took a series of photos, including this one, for the UK promotional material. This shows a brochure shot being taken in the UK.

The P76 was thoroughly evaluated for sale in the UK, with a view to be sold under the Vanden Plas marque name, but after consideration, the plan was dropped as the gap between the Rover SD1 and the Jaguar XJ6 3.4 was far too narrow to justify the expense of local homologation. P76s were spotted […]

Leyland P76 : Force 7V Coupe version

Styling mock-up showcased the unique styling treatment of the P76V.

The P76 saloon look set for a successful run in Australia, and during its development programme, an estate version, pickup and this – the Force 7V coupe – were developed. And here are some new development images to enjoy. When the fortunes of Leyland Australia took a turn for the worse, the coupe became a […]

Events : Leyland P76 wins the Peking to Paris 2013

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Octogenarian Gerry Crown is celebrating after winning the fifth Peking to Paris Rally with navigator Matt Bryson in a 1973 Leyland P76 – just as the vehicle is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Australian Gerry triumphed in the Classics division after a relentless battle with British duo of Peter Lovett and Tim Smith in the 1965 […]