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 locally produced Ford Falcon, Holden Kingswood and Chrysler Valiant.
The P76 saloon was intended to allow Leyland to compete with the big boys in Australia; it should have been joined by coupe and estate versions, and followed-up with a smaller model, the P82 (to replace the Marina). Instead, production came to an abrupt end, with the coupe never reaching the showroom, the estate still a prototype and the P82 still on the drawing board.
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Alan Firth tells how he acquired two of these large Ozzie saloons For those that do not know me, I undertook a Rover Staff Apprenticeship from August 1959 ’til 1963, when I moved to the Pengam, Cardiff plant as a Quality Control Engineer. At Pengam we made P6 suspension and transmission units, including gearbox and […]
Anything but an average company? I rarely have much reason to be grateful to my 14 year old self, but searching through some old papers at the weekend, I was delighted by my youthful prescience in keeping a Financial Times article from 26 June 1973, the day of the Leyland P76’s launch in Australia. Don’t […]
Back in 1974/74 Leyland Australia were on the cusp of some exciting new developments. WHEELS magazine managed to get wind of them (from an insider?) and printed its summary of upcoming events. Article reproduced from WHEELS, November 1973 INFORMATION on Leyland’s Model A is marked Top Secret. Its very existence is barely acknowledged and it […]
The Leyland P82 would have supplemented the P76 and Force 7, and would have provided an up-to-date replacement for the Leyland Marina. Writing exclusively for www.austin-rover.co.uk, Industry expert JACK YAN fills in the blanks to reveal the cruel end to a promising Antipodean project… Compact future lost IN the mid-1960s, BMC Australia, keen to get […]
In Australia, the P76 was billed as ‘Anything but average.’ Unfortunately (and unjustifiably so) it also turned out to be anything but successful. Classic Car Weekly’s Richard Gunn samples Leyland’s legendary leviathan from down under… Words and pictures: Richard Gunn P76 delivered a premature P45 Typical. You wait for a Leyland P76 for decades, and […]