Wheels Car Of The year 1974 – Leyland P76
Despite the V8 model winning Wheels magazine’s Car of the Year for 1973, sales of the P76 were adversely affected by a variety of issues: component manufacturers’ strikes limiting parts availability, production problems at Leyland Australia’s plant in Zetland all restricted supply of the car; the release of P76 coincided with the first Oil Crisis, when fuel prices increased dramatically. As a result, demand for all larger cars subsided.
Hence, notwithstanding generally favourable press and public reaction to the car, sales did not reach expectations.
British Leyland announced plans to sell P76 in the UK. However, production ceased before these plans could come to fruition.
The car achieved success in the 1974 World Cup Rally- winning the Targa Florio trophy. Leyland Australia celebrated this victory by releasing a limited edition Targa Florio model: the V8 Super with sports wheels and steering wheel, as well as special paintwork, including side stripes.