Ford Granada II (1977 to 1985) purchase advice

Karl-Heinz Augustin
Ford Granada II (1977 to 1985)
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E in combination for connoisseurs. The top model with the top engine, a name like a title of nobility. Granada Ghia tournament. That sounds as warm and wonderful as Spain and Italy put together, Andalusian thoroughbreds and a Turin haute couture coach create a magical illusion in the imagination. And it's just a Ford. But Ford hasn't always built nerdy sensible cars like the Focus and Mondeo. And Ghia was much more than just a better quality of fabric, let's just think of the highly emotional avant-garde design of a Maserati Ghibli.

Typical Granada: plush, wood, cubic capacity

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The interior design combines wood with plastic and plush with edges.

Ford had really let go of the Granada with the crowned coat of arms on the fenders, with plush, wood and all sorts of servos thrown around. Fully equipped as standard, that was the Cologne strategy to compensate for the image deficit. The power came from the displacement, six cylinders instead of two camshafts and four valves, a full 2.8 liter, 150 hp shaken casually from the depths of the room, instead of laboriously squeezed out of the speed. Quiet, sovereign - the American way, but with a V6 constellation instead of a V8 power pack, so still a trace of reason, for the sake of consumption.

V6, as cultivated as an in-line engine

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Because each cylinder has its own crankpin, the Ford V6 runs so cultivated.

Displacement and three-speed automatic increase the basic metabolic rate easily to 13 liters, so the Bosch K-Jetronic is just a well-dosed fig leaf of the economy. The Ford gray cast iron V6 is thermodynamically unfavorable. Maybe it's the shape of the combustion chamber, on the other hand it runs as quietly and smoothly as an in-line engine thanks to the harmonious firing sequence and optimal crank pin offset. Even high speeds above 5,000 rpm are still fairly effortless from the crankshaft, but its comfort zone is around four thousand is also its maximum torque of around 220 Newton meters.

The photo car comes from Switzerland. Where else do people like to order everything up and down that the price list gives? Even the roof rails of the Chasseur tournament special model crowns the plump figure of the full-size station wagon, which would have a hair more cargo space than the 700-series Volvo if the trailing arm axle, tank and spare wheel didn't take up so much space.

Elaborate chassis, precise steering

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Comfort and road holding are very good thanks to the semi-trailing arm rear axle.

But the Ford is not only sheer mass, but also great design. The ancient engine, which has been further developed with great sensitivity, shows no weaknesses except for consumption. The elaborate, neatly coordinated chassis with double wishbones at the front, semi-trailing arms at the rear, gas pressure dampers and TRX tires were at the forefront in terms of comfort and roadholding. The Ford may look a little calesche, but it drives tight and is pleasantly direct.

The Granada is a car for connoisseurs. But even a few bottles and cases of good wine are not enough to bring the car to its knees. On the rear axlethere are additional Boge Nivomat shock absorbers. A simple level control that can be inflated at the gas station, the old-fashioned pressure gauge on the left under the steering wheel tells about it.

The 83 Granada Ghia has almost 100,000 kilometers on the counter, when the engine is cold, the valves click a little. His owner wants to treat him to a major inspection and a few minor cosmetic repairs soon. Because he knows that a fully equipped Granada tournament is rarer than a gullwing.


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