This Leyland P76 Florio was part of a group of classic car owners who had a get together at The Caves Country Pub a few years back.
A Bit About The Car
Produced from 1973 to 1975, the P76 was to be the ‘Giant Killer’ for Leyland in Australia. I remember the half hour special on the Television back in 1973. I was just a kid, but this car sounded special.
Special it was. Front discs as standard across the model range, ‘hidden’ wipers, full length side intrusion bars, recessed door handles, McPherson Strut front suspension and a live rear axle.
The engine choice ranged from a small 2.6 litre engine, up to a 4.5 litre Aluminium block V8 in the high end models.
In 1974, the Leyland P76 won the Targa Florio Trophy. In celebration, they released the model shown here. Extras included the V8 engine, sports wheels and sterring wheel, as well as unique paint and side stripes.
Unfortunately for Leyland, financial problems and the market at the time prevented the P76 from gaining the market share needed to continue production. In all, just over 18000 units were produced.
More information can be found on Wikipedia