Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Trade Directory -

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.

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