Ford Granada Mk I – 1972

The Ford Granada was launched in 1972 as a large executive saloon and/or capacious family car, replacing both the Zephyr and Zodiac in the UK and Taunus 20M and 26M in Europe. It was a truly European production number, being made both at Dagenham in the United Kingdom and Cologne in Germany.

To add to the complexity of an apparently simple tale, entry-level Mk I models were badged as Ford Consuls until 1975, when they all became Granadas. In 1976 British production ended, leaving Germany to carry on alone. There was a choice of seven engines, some available in the UK only, some available in Europe only and some shared by both. There were four body styles — two- and four-door saloons, a two-door coupe and a five-door estate car. Some variations were not sold in the UK (like the fastback coupe with ‘Coke bottle’ styling), though a revised coupe was sold in the UK, but only as a Ghia option. Clear as mud!

Despite the Granada being yet another typically complex Ford model offering, the bottom line was simple enough — Ford had created another pleasingly designed, well-built car that went down a storm with the public and quickly became the sturdy mainstay of many a commercial fleet, hire car business, taxi operator, undertaker and police force.

The Granada Mk II appeared in 1977, with straight-line design and a square look. This lasted until 1985 when the Mk III appeared, though this was really a different car — called the Ford Scorpio everywhere but the UK and Ireland, where the Granada name was so potent that it was retained for the new model. There’s no doubting the affection in which the Granada is held — there are well-supported owners’ clubs and thousands of weekend drivers dedicated to keeping the Granada legend rolling.

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

Germany/UK

FIRST MANUFACTURED:

1972 (until 1977)

ENGINE:

1,993 cc Straight Four; 1,699 cc or 1,996 cc V4; 2,293 cc, 2,494 cc, 2,551 cc or 2,994 cc V6

PERFORMANCE:

With 3 I engine — top speed of 111 mph (179 km/h); 0-50 mph (80 km/h) 8.4 secs

YOU SHOULD KNOW:

If the car’s the star, the Ford Granada’s finest hour was The Sweeney, that tough 1970s TV cop show that saw Inspector Jack Regan and Sergeant George Carter of Scotland Yard’s Flying Squad pursuing assorted villains all over London with the help of a succession of seriously abused but ever-willing Grenades.

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