Gorfe’s Granadas: 1973 Ford Consul

Assistant-editor Myles Gorfe looks at another milestone in the annals of the Granada.

Hot to trot - the 1973 Ford Consul, a Granada by another name: mobile.de
Hot to trot – the 1973 Ford Consul, a Granada by another name: mobile.de

In 1972 Ford pulled off what many thought was impossible. They managed to create a car that was even better and more popular than the UK-market Zephyr and the German market ‘bahnstormer, the Ford P7 cars, known as the Taunus. That 1972 car became, after a little bit of uncertainty, the Granada.

For many outside the world of Granadas it comes as a bit of a surprise to see a Granada with the word ‘Consul’ on the rakish, sporty bootlid. They sold the car with both names. It stayed like that until 1975 when the Consul name was dropped. Why did Ford who are famed for their marketing nous, sell one body with two names? Nobody really knows. The old chestnut that it was for legal reasons is codswallop.

The story goes that the Granada Group (as Granada TV … ‘da da dat tah da!’) were unhappy with Ford using their name and sued. It can’t have been much of a lawsuit because some of the cars were called Granada and some weren’t. All of them were sold in Manchester so that story makes no sense. The real reason was of course to help customers loyal to the stunning Consul make their way into the Granada if they hadn’t managed to

A popular colour for Ford.
A popular colour for Ford.

trade up to a Corsair or even a Cortina before then. The Consul was a car for thrifty drivers and using the name of the cheaper and well-established Consul name simply kept them happy. By 1975 the trick wasn’t needed any more and Ford changed all the models to Granada.

Nearly perfect, the ideal entry into Granadaland: mobile.de
Nearly perfect, the ideal entry into Granadaland: mobile.de

That’s why this example, a nearly mint and virtually pristine 1973 car, carries the Consul name.  What do we have here? This one has the Cologne V6 with a 2.3 litre engine,

All the bells, no whistles and no rear arm-rest but the vinyl is almost bullet proof.
All the bells, no whistles and no rear arm-rest but the vinyl is almost bullet proof.

jamming out  107 hp. That was enough to keep up with the Smiths and over-take them on the road to Brussels if you felt like holidaying abroad. The engine has a good, simple carburettor and a 14.5 gallon tank to keep it fed. With a cD of 0.47, Consul drivers had a car that cheated the wind, cutting through air like a sword through melting butter. Please come back, Bridget! With a top speed of 103 mph and a fuel consumption of 26 mpg, you go could go far and in style in the Consul which is why so many rolled out of Ford dealers. Nought to sixty was just under 11 seconds so this car could show most family cars a clean pair or heels.

You can get this exact car in Germany for the price of a clapped out Seat Ibiza. Click on the link to see more photos of this mouth-watering example of one of Ford’s best.

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

11 thoughts on “Gorfe’s Granadas: 1973 Ford Consul”

  1. A Reader Writes : Gorfey, far be it from me to kick a man when he’s down, but your still banging on about those Ford V6s like they were Ferraris or somewhat. Anyone who isn’t wearing beer goggles could tell you that the only thing that makes a German Cologne V6 look good is a British Essex V6. It’s hard to see how anyone could fit so much cast iron into such a small space, but hat’s off to Ford on that count, though talk about depleting resources! Most of their technology dates back to the early days of the Industrial Revolution if you ask me and your image of them storming up the Autobahnen is as likely as seeing your gran in the Olympics. Now, if you want to talk German six cylinders, forget your Beemers and look at GM’s fantastic cam in head Opel mills. Stonking or what?

    1. Myles Gorfe writes: You’re talking about those Vauxhall six-bangers? They burn oil and petrol in equal amounts. Ford V6s were unburstable which is why motors like this one are still around.

  2. Myles Gorfe writes: grass and moss. What’s your point? That’s a class car and a lot less likely to spray green slime over the road than the piping palaces on wheels some people around her go for.
    Sod off.

  3. We try to be undogmatic here. That means in my case being dogmatic about avoiding the dogma that bright colours are wrong. Is that colour bad or is it received wisdom that it is bad?

    1. It always seemed strange to me that the designers would spend so long finessing the shape of the tin, then throw what looks like a leatherette cushion on top. In Granny Consul’s case, the lack of vinyl gives the car a sporty rather than luxury bias. Indeed, I think it would make an interesting European muscle car.

  4. I think there was a South African V8 at one point. I tend to favour the Opel Admiral when it comes to cheaper V8 power. The Granada had a 3.0 V6 though, as a competitor to Opel’s 3.0 straight six Senator.

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