By Mark Nobes, chief editor
I had the pleasure of driving a top-of-the-range Granada back in 1987 during my brief stint as a driver at a local Ford garage, and the smoothness of the handling and luxuriousness of the interior blew me away. Mind you, after driving my Austin Metro City X, even a skateboard would have felt like luxury!
1982 Ford Granada 2.8 Ghia X at a car show at Coalpit Heath, near Bristol, England. Photo taken by Adrian Pingstone in July 2004 and released to the public domain.
The European Ford Granada was built between 1972 and 1985, and until 1994 in the UK (the Ford Scorpio was built as a replacement in Europe). The American Granada was built between 1975 and 1982.
The Granada was an executive car that was built by Ford Europe in Dagenham, England (1972 to 1976) and Cologne in Germany. All production switched to Germany after 1976.
The Mark II was launched in august 1977 and produced until 1985, albeit with a slight facelift and other improvements in 1981. It came with the new Cologne V6 engine in 2.0 L, 2.1 D, 2.3 L, 2.3 GL, 2.5 D L, 2.8 GL, 2.8 Ghia, 2.8i S, 2.8i GL, 2.8i GLS and 2.8i Ghia. The top end 2.8 models (Ghia and GL) also included fuel injection.
In April 1985, the Mark II was launched and it was basically a re-badged Scorpio. Only the UK and Irish markets used the Granada name. It was the first model to come with anti lock brakes as standard. In 1994, the last cars bearing the Granada badge rolled off the production lines.
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Mk1 Granada (1977) with black vinyl roof - enhanced public domain image (free for reuse)
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1978 Ford Granada 2.8 GLS in white
Not sure what colour this is, but I quite like it's quirkiness.
Dutch plate Ford Granada 2,3GL 1975
Proof that the Granada isn't dead and buried just yet!
Ford Granada 2.5 D Turnier (Kombi)