Even Ford’s middle-spec Granadas came with a lot of appeal included as part of the reasonable purchase price, writes Myles Gorfe (chief assistant classics sub-editor).
Take this stunning Mk2 2.0 L model, for example (for sale here). There’s nothing wrong with this and a lot that’s totally 100% right. As standard you get the Granada’s effortless mile-munching ability, sharp looks, acres of room front and back, a huge boot and among the best interior fabrics the industry had on offer. It looks like it could stop bullets but is a soft as Kate Moss’s left cheek. Most buyers went for more upmarket trim than the original owner of this sky-blue stunner. However, some wanted to spend a bit less and did not go away unhappy with their purchase. While most manufacturers skimped on niceties like rear centre armrests and the quality of the cloth, Ford went the extra mile and a half to keep their loyal customers happy. And it shows. This is pure class.
Ford’s electric windows were good but the manual window winders on this car look like they are fit for another 29 years. There’s a smart set of floor mats and a cigar lighter for your Cuban (though most people will want to drive this car as its the ultimate driving machine, whatever the Bavarians like to think!).
This car has just under 29,000 miles on its elegant odometer and even the original tyres are included in the sale. It’s barely run in and looks like it was wrapped in nine sheets of loving care from the day it rolled out of the dealer. Getting a 29-year old car in this condition is hard enough but to get a Granada of this calibre for a shade under four grand is fantastic. You get rear drive, a five-speed gearbox and tonnes of Ford style. Even if you wanted a Renault 20 or Vauxhall Senator, you won’t find them as tough, durable and comfortable as this car. The BMW 520 couldn’t touch the Granada for space either and if you think the Mercedes 200E is a better bet, try driving one. You’ll soon be begging for Dagenham (or Cologne) mercy in the form of Ford’s very best. They don’t come much better than this at any price.