An extremely rare Leyland Force 7V coupé will go under the auctioneer’s gavel in July 2019 Bayswater Melbourne and could attract some of the worlds most affluent collectors.
Announced in 1974 the V8 Leyland Force 7 was a coupé version ‘beefcake’ derivative of the P76 developed by British Leyland in the early 70s and was capable of 0-60 in around 8 seconds flat.
Confident they could produce the P76 in relatively decent numbers, Leyland made a deal with the Australian authorities and set about building the Zetland factory with intentions of producing station wagons, coupes and saloon versions of the code-named P76.
Styled by the fiery Michelotti but later downgraded to suit the more laid back and practical Australian consumer, the Force 7 coupés were just the ticket for surfboarding Aussies and success was just around the next wave.
An insatiable appetite from Australian punters lead to increasing orders which Leyland Australia simply couldn’t match. Lengthy waiting lists and unsatisfied customers meant the reported already built 60+ Force 7s were resigned to the crusher, this increased the value of the remaining 8 that were subsequently sent to auction in 1975.
It’s reported these are still owned by private owners with another Navy car being shipped to Britain and driven by Lord Stokes for a relatively short time frame. Another is located at the National Motor Museum, Birdwood in South Australia and is on permanent loan from Leyland Australia.
Force 7V prices are expected to be extremely high given their rarity.
Full online bidding – No phone bidding
Sunday 7th July 10.00am – 4.00pm
Saturday 13th July 10.00am – 4.00pm and from 11.00am on day of sale.
Floor Bidding: A Buyer’s Premium of 8.8% for vehicles and 15% for all other items, will apply to all lots purchased
Online and Absentee Bidding: A Buyer’s Premium of 11% for vehicles and 17.5% for all other items, will apply to all lots purchased
More information can be seen here.