Gorfe’s Granadas: 1985 Mk 2 Ford Granada 2.0 L

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).

1985 Ford Granada - just brilliant: source
1985 Ford Granada – just brilliant: source

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.

Blue is the colour: source
Blue is the colour – 1985 Ford Granda interior: source

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.

Author: richard herriott

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

8 thoughts on “Gorfe’s Granadas: 1985 Mk 2 Ford Granada 2.0 L”

  1. Loved all the Granada’s/scorpios they produced even the bug eyed final iteration. I think my favourite though was the very first one with the banana tail lights. Your chief deputy assistant sub editor has a good eye though. Maybe he deserves a promotion to chief assistant?

  2. It certainly is very …… Blue. Actually, I do have a liking for the 2 litre Granada in its Mark 1 form, and there’s no reason to believe the Mark 2 wouldn’t be nice too. But as for the 32 year old original tyres, which will presumably be as hard as Kate Moss’s accountant, what are you meant to do with them, save as garden planters?

    1. Is that blue bad?
      The original tyres are for when the car is set up on a display stand, I expect.
      Rumour has it that Myles has a fascinating rarity in his pipeline.
      All joking aside, these were really likeable cars. I get the impression people had a warm feeling towards them that the Rekord, R20 and 505 never received. I suppose we should unlearn this.

  3. You could say the same about the greys and blacks that predominate.
    One can always opt for a different colour? What has happened is that the choice that everyone can tolerate has become compulsory to a large degree. It says something about the economics of the market that the median choice wins-all, just as in housing semis became the norm even if only 25% of the market really want and need one. I see them as the family estate car of houses: useful for two decades and then not useful except as repositories of old toys and old clothes. People ought not be able to live in the same house for more than twenty years. I digress….

    1. I meant ubiquitous across the vehicle – bumpers, seats, steering wheel, etc. But it’s not really a criticism, just a comment. I like it really. After all, I was a blue car man for 5 years.

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