The Granada name retired but its spirit lived on in Ford’s stunning Scorpio, writes executive classics editor, Myles Gorfe.
Quite why the Blue Oval decided to put the Granada name out to pasture is a much discussed point in Ford circles. Whatever the reason, the car that replaced it was every bit as good as its predecessors. In 1994 Ford ended a long run for the Granada and renamed its top-line executive cruiser the Scorpio. Self-levelling suspension came in for the estates and the hatchback was canned – not a problem as the style didn’t suit Granny’s exclusive image.
The 1994 Scorpio took all the best features of the 1986 car such as its floorpan, major bits and pieces and all the engines but wrapped them in more up-to-date body with curvaceous panels and a striking chrome grille. At the back a swathe of chrome was lavished across the tail-lamps which were full width. Inside was the most spacious interior or any car in the class, showing Mercedes and BMW how to do it properly. As ever, the Ford was popular with fleet and private buyers and for good reason: it was fast, comfortable and rear-drive unlike fragile tat from Citroen, Alfa and Peugeot.
This one, with a powerful but economical 2.3 V6 petrol is for sale for a reasonable £895 with a long MOT, a car guaranteed to give miles more driving excitement. The cabin has super comfy seats, lashings of wood-effect trim and all the mod-cons you could ask for. While similarly equipped Bimmers cost hundreds more, they don’t deliver the goods like the Scorpio can which is why these cars have a firm following. The over-rated E34 Bimmer is bland and costly to repair, the E-class drives like a supertanker in cold tar and Audi’s 100 is a front-drive jelly mould. Only Ford could rival and beat these cars at their own game. Drive one and see.