We featured the fascinating Ilinga project in detail back in AMC #61. This luxury four-seater, two-door sports coupe was first revealed to the public at the 1975 Melbourne Motor Show. The Ilinga was to be powered by the Leyland V8 from the P76 series, with production of 100 cars a year planned, before financial problems killed the project. In the end only two prototypes were ever built, with one survivor donated to the Melbourne Museum.
This car, the same one as displayed at the Melbourne Motor Show 40 years ago, is back on display as part of the museum’s series of engineering and transport exhibits. It’s been in storage since the 1980s.
The survival – and now display – of the Ilinga AF2, as it was officially known, highlights that it went very close to going into full production. Twenty staff were hired and a production plant was being set up in Port Melbourne before the project suddenly and dramatically ended.
The two founding partners were Daryl Davies