Ford Granada

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Andy Tal­bot

EN­GINE 2933cc/V6/OHV POWER 150bhp@5700rpm TORQUE 172lb ft@3000rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 123mph 0-60MPH 9.5sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 17-35mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed auto MoT March 2018 ODOME­TER 86,125 miles

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

This Ger­man-built sa­loon bur­bles into life and idles like the lux­ury car it is. The V6 pulls lustily and ef­fort­lessly. The power steer­ing guides it around cor­ners with ease and the four-speed au­to­matic gear­box has a flaw­less shift and in­stant kick-down. The sus­pen­sion han­dles speed humps with­out any clonks.

BODY­WORK CHECK

Black paint can show up ev­ery blem­ish, but this Granada still looks fresh and free from marks, save for the odd pol­ish­ing swirl. The al­loy wheels are in ex­cel­lent orig­i­nal con­di­tion with no sign of kerb­ing. The body­work is free of rust and the more hidden ar­eas are also clean. Prob­lems are lim­ited to a wind­screen that’s be­gin­ning to de­lam­i­nate at the top, bumper bright­work show­ing some tar­nish­ing and a stonechip on the near­side head­light glass lens. The in­te­gral fog lamps be­low the front bumper are op­er­a­tive and in fine con­di­tion.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

In­side, the black theme is bro­ken up by wooden dash­board trim. There are a cou­ple of marks in it, but look like they could be eas­ily touched up. The elec­tric fac­tory tilt and slide sun­roof still works and the air con­di­tion­ing blows ice-cold. The leather seats are in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion and the rear elec­tric re­clin­ing seats work a treat. The stereo, an orig­i­nal Ford ra­dio/cas­sette player, com­plete with graphic equaliser, is in per­fect con­di­tion and the trip com­puter to the right of the bin­na­cle still works, re­mind­ing you how thirsty the V6 is. The boot area car­pet is in un­marked con­di­tion and re­veals an orig­i­nal Miche­lin MXV tyre on a clean, orig­i­nal al­loy wheel spare. The 195/65 R15 tyres are a lit­tle mis­matched, with one Ca­mac and a Maxxis at the rear, plus two Bridge­stone Tu­ran­zas up front, but all have am­ple tread.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The clean en­gine bay oozes orig­i­nal­ity. It ap­pears cared for, rather than show-win­ning and there’s a mass of fac­tory la­bels across the bay. The fluid lev­els are all cor­rect, the hoses and belts are in very good con­di­tion and the bat­tery is new. There are no signs of leaks or residue and the car has re­cently been ser­viced and MoT’d, this lat­ter with no ad­vi­sories. His­tory in­cludes the owner’s man­ual, stamped ser­vice books and man­u­als for all the equip­ment, to­gether with a box of doc­u­ments con­tain­ing many old tax discs and the car’s orig­i­nal bill of sale.

THE CCW VIEW

This lux­ury cruiser has cov­ered just 1000 miles in the last 10 years, hav­ing been in a pri­vate col­lec­tion and dry-stored – it’s a real Nineties sur­vivor. Much rarer than the hatch­back, this mod­ern clas­sic still of­fers lux­ury and poise. Could this be a Ford model that is just about to start turn­ing clas­sic col­lec­tors’ heads?

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