For a car that’s so obscure to where I’m from and pretty much everywhere outside of Australia, it’s surprising that this is the second Cold Start to feature it. That’s the minimum number to make something plural. Plural! This time I want to show you something wonderful The Bishop showed me: the Leyland P76 had some really fantastic color names. And, not really related, it also had a really fantastic side marker lamp solution.
If you’re not familiar with the Australian-market Leyland P76, it was a striking-looking large four-door sedan built between 1973 and 1975 and capable of swallowing a whole 44-gallon drum in its trunk, something that seemed to be important for Australians. It’s probably beer-related.
Anyway, let’s look at these amazing colors, courtesy of this wonderful P76 fan site:
Look at those colors! Home on Th’Orange! Peel Me A Grape! Oh Fudge! Am Eye Blue! Hairy Lime! That last one is interesting because it seems to be referring to the character Harry Lime from the movie The Third Man, played by Orson Welles. Was Harry Lime that much of a household name in the 1970s? I guess so, at least enough to be a color for a big car.
The P76 isn’t alone in ’70s-era great color names, of course. The Ford Maverick had some pretty incredible ones, too:
Anti-Establish-Mint? That’s a good color name. Freudian Gilt! Thanks Vermillion! What a glorious, goofy, colorful era!
Oh, let me show you the side marker light thing I was talking about, because it’s great:
Okay, so what we have here is a really clever solution: the P76 has these great dual-chamber side marker lamps that show both a marker light and a side indicator repeater. And it does all of this with no bulbs or wires or anything!
That’s because they’re just windows! They’re windows of colored plastic lenses that share the light from the bulbs used for turn indicator and sidelamp up front, and turn indicator and brake/tail at the rear! That also means this is one of the only cars ever to have side brake lamp repeaters!
It’s so freaking clever I could spit. Love it.