Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Maniac -

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

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