Gorfe’s Granadas: 1979 Granada Ghia Sapphire

This is a milestone in Granada history. For the second series of the square-rigged Granny, Ford imported the cars from Germany, writes the chief-assistant-editor (classics), Myles Gorfe.

Impeccable style, incredible grace - that´s the 1979 Ford Granada Ghia Sapphire 2.8 V6: historics.co.uk
Impeccable style, incredible grace – that’s the 1979 Ford Granada Ghia Sapphire 2.8 V6: historics.co.uk

This is a 1979 Granada Ghia Sapphire with a 2.8 litre Cologne V6 and the smartest leather interior money could buy at this price range. Even today it looks smart and modern with its box-pleats and trad wood. Yet it was the top-of-the-line executive cruiser, able to

1979 Ford Granada Ghia Sapphire interior. Sumptuous but understated in a very English way: historics.co.uk
1979 Ford Granada Ghia Sapphire interior. Sumptuous but understated in a very English way: historics.co.uk

stride from Land’s End to the top of Scotland without missing a beat. It had Connolly leather, like a Jag. There was an electric sunroof, electric opening boot on saloons, electric seat adjustment, heated front seats, a clever trip computer and air set the Granada Ghia Sapphire above everything else and a lot more besides.

TRX tyres give the car incredible poise. BMW watch out!: historics.co.uk
TRX tyres give the car incredible poise. BMW watch out!: historics.co.uk

Perhaps of all the Granadas, the top-drawer versions are the most special, virtually built to order they are cut from different cloth compared to mainstream Renaults and Vauxhalls. Despite the amazing level of spec, they are still very affordable. Two grand usually puts you in the driving seat of a car like this. If you can find one, that is.

Myles Gorfe (contributing editor-at-large)

 

Author: richard herriott

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

14 thoughts on “Gorfe’s Granadas: 1979 Granada Ghia Sapphire”

    1. Funny – the Falcon model designation was ‘X.D.’ Which throws up an emoji, at least on my ipad.

  1. Did Ford Australia have their own special way of making cars? Even as a teenager I noticed Fords from Australia looked coarser than EuroFords of the same vintage (late 80s). Sometimes I saw imports in Ireland and England.

    1. There’s lots of reasons why an Australian Ford might appear coarser than a European one. They were built down to a price on small R&D budgets using inherited or carryover parts, to suit a market with different expectations. I like my Falcon but a Mondeo does pretty much everything except burnouts and towing a heavy trailer much more pleasantly.

  2. Here is a good Aussie summary of the X D Falcon that saves me from recounting the Wheels Car of the Year controversy, the wonders of fhe Alloy Head engine and explaining who Dick Johnson was. It makes the square-edged Falcon sound remarkably heroic. Plus a top of the line Fairmont Ghia ESP (for European Sports Pack) with the 5.8L V8, that actually runs. Eat yer heart out, Gorfey.

    1. I was afraid that it would be a bit too ‘stereotypical middleaged car guys having a chat around the oil drum table in the man-cave’ for this site so your quite positive response exceeds expectations. The series is by an Australian insurance firm and auction house that specialises in classic and performance cars. The episode on the XJ-S has them interviewing the owner of the Bathurst-winning TWR.

  3. Interesting to see how the side windows sit lower down the doors on the Falcon. Looks quite good actually.

    1. The nice thing aboutnthe Falcon to me is that the dropped windowline makes it easier for a casual viewer to tell the difference between it and the Cortina.

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