Chas­ing Cars

ENGINE 2792cc/V6/OHV POWER 150bhp@5800rpm TORQUE 162lb ft@3000rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 117mph 0-60MPH 9.2sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 20-24mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, three-speed au­to­matic MoT March 2018 ODOME­TER 34,887 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - Matt Richard­son

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

The Cologne V6 has a unique yet fa­mil­iar growl, its rasp in­creas­ing with the revs as the car ac­cel­er­ates briskly, the gears shift­ing im­per­cep­ti­bly as the speed in­creases. The auto ‘box gear se­lec­tor clicks neatly be­tween modes. The car’s ride is a rev­e­la­tion. Its stan­dard set-up is for sporty driv­ing; firm and with ex­cel­lent body con­trol through the bends, yet lovely and sup­ple, soak­ing up bumps with ease. The power-as­sisted steer­ing is well weighted – not too heavy but with enough re­sis­tance and feed­back for the driver to feel what’s go­ing on. The brakes are strong and stop this big car ef­fec­tively. It doesn’t pull to ei­ther side, but a vi­bra­tion from the front discs will need to be in­ves­ti­gated.

BODY­WORK CHECK

Al­though not pris­tine, this car is solid where it mat­ters. There are stone chips across the front of the bon­net and lead­ing edge of the roof and there’s some flat lac­quer on the front wing and scut­tle. The boot lid has a cou­ple of small dings in it and there’s some sur­face rust on the lower edge of the rear valance. The Ghia X-spec front split­ter is in good shape, but the lower off­side driv­ing lamp lens is bro­ken. The smart al­loy wheels wear cor­rect – if po­ten­tially ex­pen­sive – Miche­lin TRX met­ric tyres that still have deep tread. The whee­larches are solid and the pan­els are all straight.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR? The brown velour seats are in great con­di­tion, the fab­ric isn’t worn and there are no rips, be­ing just slightly stretched on the driver’s seat. The car­pet is in good or­der and door cards are ex­cel­lent, with the ex­cep­tion of the driver’s door wood cap­ping, which has some mi­nor sur­face wear. The rest of the wood trim on the dash­board and doors is very good, though.

The head­lin­ing is very neat and the car is loaded with lux­ury kit, in­clud­ing elec­tric win­dows, sun­roof, mir­rors and heated front seats, plus air con­di­tion­ing and even an early trip com­puter. There are just a cou­ple of is­sues – the ra­dio is miss­ing and there are cracks in the in­stru­ment bin­na­cle top.

UN­DER THE BON­NET The engine bay ap­pears to be un­touched, the orig­i­nal con­di­tion show­ing no ac­ci­dent dam­age and only sur­face rust on the slam panel and in­ner wings. There is a coin-sized per­fo­ra­tion on the scut­tle near the bat­tery and two small splits in the air in­take pipe from the fil­ter have been re­paired with tape. It may not be shiny in there but the lack of trails in the dirt con­firms that there are no leaks from ei­ther the engine or an­cil­lar­ies. THE CCW VIEW

Pre­sentable rather than per­fect, this Granada is solid where it mat­ters. It was at the very top of Ford’s range in the Eight­ies so, un­sur­pris­ingly, it’s a fine thing to drive.

PROS Drives well, gen­er­ally solid, high spec­i­fi­ca­tion CONS Paint is poor in places, front brake vi­bra­tion

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