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.
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
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.
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)