CAR OF 1972 FORD GRANADA
Ford was struggling with its big car range at the start of the Seventies. The Zephyr/Zodiac/Executive MkIV models launched in 1966 were massively overblown, cumbersome and too American in flavour – basically aircraft carriers on wheels. When the new Granada and Consul succeeded the MkIV in 1972, they were much more European in style and substance. Smaller and more handsomely proportioned, the lower spec models were initially named Consul because Ford was in a legal battle with the media/catering conglomerate Granada over the name. The Blue Oval won so, from 1975, all versions were called Granada. 846,609 examples were built in the five years up to 1977. Contrast that with 149,263 Zephyr, Zodiac and Executive MkIVs in six years. Of course, more than a few of those sales were probably down to John Thaw and Dennis Waterman’s Granada screeching around abandoned London docklands in the ITV police drama, The Sweeney.