Leyland P76 by Gavin Farmer
If you enjoy reading about the history of BMC-Leyland in Australia then you would not be disappointed in this book.
Gavin Farmer is an Aussie motoring journalist and enthusiast, who hates seeing the P76 so maligned by people who simply don’t know what they’re talking about.
Putting his money where his mouth is, so to speak, Gavin has self-published this book, and spent around ten years researching it.
The end result is a detailed history of the P76 and what made it “Anything But Average”.
Gavin looks at the many myths surrounding the car and the ill-fated company, and has spoken with most of the main players - some of whom are no longer with us, and others who reside overseas.
If you think you know all about the P76, then you may find some surprises in these pages. For example, the design of the car has always been attributed to Michelotti, but exactly how much input did he have?
If you want to get an insight to what is arguably the most controversial and misunderstood car ever built in Australia, then this is the book you need.
The only disappointment is that in putting so much effort into getting the history of the P76, Farmer has managed to fall into some common errors about the Mini. Still, the Mini is barely mentioned, and mainly in passing as part of the overall history of the company.
This is, after all, a book about the P76, and the few minor errors on the Mini should not detract from that main fact.
The price may seem a little high, but this is a top-quality, 220+ page, hard-cover book, privately published in low volume, which makes it good value for money.
Included, at no additional cost, is a reproduction in full of the 16-page booklet: Leyland P76 Comparative Information, which was produced to counter criticism of the car by its competitors. This alone could settle a few arguments in the local pub.