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Piece of Aussie motoring history up for grabs

Riley Riley

It might not have quite the appeal of a killer Monaro or Falcon GT, but they don’t come more Aussie than this Leyland P76.

The prize-winning car will be auctioned with no reserve at Shannons next Sydney outing on November 13.

The upmarket 1974 Executive sedan is expected to fetch between $15,000 and $20,000.

Finished in factory Bitter Apricot with contrasting black fabric upholstery (a rare option), this lovely example of remains in well-preserved condition.

Optioned with factory air conditioning, the only extra-cost feature available on the Executive, the car was originally owned by an employee of Leyland Australia and wore the NSW plates HCX-451.

Purchased by the current owner, a Queensland enthusiast, in 2008, the P76 is understood to have enjoyed just three keepers from birth.

It presents very well throughout, retaining the original factory cassette player, Leyland floor mats, mudflaps and Executive wheel trims.

Showing 122,705km on the clock – mileage backed by old registration documents – the car has enjoyed regular maintenance over the past nine years.

Major work has included having both the power steering rack rebuilt and the transmission reconditioned in 2008.

The car was also repainted in the original colour in 2011 and the duco still looks fresh today, while a Force 7 steering wheel and electric exterior mirror have also been fitted.

Other work has seen the starter motor and alternator replaced, valley cover and associated gaskets and the rear main seal replaced – all in preparation for a 3200km round trip to Canberra for the 40th Anniversary of the model in 2013.

A trophy winner at the 2012 Leyland P76 Nationals, this is certainly one of the better examples of this iconic Australian classic to come on the market in recent times and would make a fantastic club car.

It is Currently registered on non-transferable club plates in Queensland and will therefore sold unregistered.

The P76 comes supplied with a good receipt file, Leyland promotional folder, owner’s handbook, a workshop manual and some spares.

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