Here is another example of Ford’s unfailing talent at large cars, writes Myles Gorfe who is currently Driven To Write’s Acting Assistant Senior Classic Cars Editor-At-Large.
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Myles Gorfe writes: “This great car was spotted by Richard in Denmark and not me. I was sorry not to see it myself because you absolutely have to
examine these cars up close to truly understand the quality involved!
Ford offered a range of cars of huge scope under the Granada moniker between 1981 and 1985. From the bottom up there was the 2.0 L, then the 2.0 LX followed by the 2.0 GL after which came the 2.3 L to be chased by the 2.3 LX which was not quite as plush as the 2.3 GL which was outclassed by the 2.3 Ghia and, if you needed DERV there was the 2.5 D L and a fancier 2.5 D Ghia. At the very top were all the 2.8s: the 2.8 GL, the 2.8 Ghia, the 2.8 Ghia X, the fuel-injected 2.8i Ghia, the luxury 2.8i Ghia X and finally the 2.8i Ghia X Executive which went beyond luxury. Nobody had a car hierarchy this precisely structured nor as massive.
This exact car we are looking at today is nearer the bottom of that immense range but it still offered a true mountain of quality and kit which other brands like Saab and Mercedes could not match, pound for pound. Basically the lowest level Granada corresponded to Mercedes top-line efforts.
This LX model had manual windows both front and back, super comfy cloth and centre arm-rests front and rear. It also had rear head-restraints. So, even penny-conscious buyers did not feel short-changed when they drove off in their new car.
Even if this Granny has been spending time on Danish roads, it looks in pretty good nick. You never see an Opel or Renault like this because they have all rusted away. It would not take very much effort to deal with the few rust spots here and from ten feet you can’t see them anyway.
Inside the car, you can’t see them either.
Powering the car is the venerable Cologne V6, which was available from 2.0 to 2.8 litres capacity, tuned for economy as well as performance. The Cologne engine remained in production in various forms until 2011 too, not bad for an old stager, really. That engine really set the Granada apart from vehicles from Renault, Opel and Citroen – most of them really, since they tended to fit four bangers and reserve the V6s for the top-line models.
Only Mercedes offered six cylinder engines with the same mix of displacements and then you really paid and paid, first in the dealer and then at the pump and then at the mechanic when they inevitably broke down.
If some people think the Granada an ordinary car, they are wrong since it had such a good choice of V6s available across the range. No wonder these cars sold by the train load while the French and Italians struggled to shift their underpowered 4s.”