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