Myles Gorfe on some of the highlights of the Ford Granada’s career. In this item, Myles considers one of the 80s’ best load luggers, the 2.8 litre Ghia estate.
Forget Volvo estates with their boxy looks. And you can forget Mercedes’ over-priced hearses. The 1977-1985 Granada ticked all the boxes: big, fast, comfortable and well-priced. It had more room than the Volvo 240 and Vauxhall didn’t even offer a serious alternative at any price. Citroen’s CX was a technical disaster on four wheels. Peugeot’s 505 was plain ugly and handled like a tugboat in a storm.
No, the 1983 Ghia 2.8 automatic’s the pick of the bunch. It has a smoother, softer ride and a quieter engine than the 1977 and even if the German-built V6 lacked the toughness of the Essex unit, it was more than enough to beat off Mercedes’ underpowered and pricey 200E and 230E. Nothing comes close to a Granada for style except a Ghia estate. More Granada for the same sort of money.
If you like the look of this, you can get one here at Knightcott Motors, well known in the Grannie trade for their top-drawer Fords.