The Granada is the ultimate in luxury motoring, writes acting-sub-editorial classics editor Myles Gorfe.
If you want more than best, try the Coleman-Milne limousines! Coleman-Milne and Ford, two great British names, have been in partnership since 1953. And as C-M say at their website, the firm is the UK market leader in limos and they use their own British engineers. That means that the finest Ford engineering gets an extra dash of imperial style for when excellence is demanded. Take a look at these unique beauties…Above is a 1975 Coleman Milne conversion, based on the Ford Granada fastback. This goes to show the strength of the Granada design: it can be a two-door or a whole stretch limousine. Packing a V6 and uprated suspension, the fastback limousine had amazing handling and rumour has it the Manchester chief of police had one for patrol duties. Although unconfirmed, stories circulate of the car giving chase on the back streets of Manc, surprising both crooks and passer-bys alike.
The same Granada could be had with a more formal roofline, but as with the fastback, the join from standard to stretch was seamless.
Ask any Granada fan and they’ll tell you that the Ghia X is the top of the Granada hierarchy. It has the speed and space to outclass cars which cost thousands more and looks better than anything Volvo, Mercedes or BMW offered. Still, some people want something even more unique. The Coleman Milne Minster was that car: imagine a Ford Granada Ghia XXX if you like. With a discretely distinctive grille, a longer wheelbase and unique paints plus a luxurious vinyl roof, it was beyond the ultimate Ford.
If you can’t find a Minster, you can always try a modern car: the Rosedale is effectively the successor to the Grosvenor and Minster. It takes a Ford Mondeo and adds several inches of length and a new roofline to make the ultimate Mondeo: six doors for gracious entrance and exit. The Granada name might be in retirement but its spirit lives on in the Rosedale.