The Consul and Granada arrived on the scene in 1972 to banish the memories of the previous Zephyr and Zodiac, and show that a pan-European Ford could be just as desirable in London as it was in Berlin.
The new executive car was certainly smart and well proportioned, and proof that Ford in the UK had not lost its direction stylistically, despite what some critics of the Z-cars might have been saying.
Initially, the Consul name was chosen, not for continuity’s sake, but because of a threatened law-suit by Britain’s Granada Group. Luckily, sense prevailed, and the Granada name was used across the range from 1975. Most car enthusiasts will fondly remember the Granada because of its appearances in The Sweeney, but fleet buyers across the land were turning to the new big Ford, as the rival Rover and Triumph 2000s were beginning to look stuffy by the beginning of the 1970s.
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When launched in 1972, the Ford Granada represented a bold move in Ford’s pan-European strategy. It replaced the Zephyr/Zodiac in the UK, and the P7-series in Germany with a new and stylish Anglo-German design.
After the Princess received its O-Series engine in 1978, it was finally capable of battling with the rest of the best of the full-sized European opposition. The main target was the base model Ford Granada, but the Europeans were strong in this sector, too. Keith Adams compares the Renault 20 and Ford Granada against the […]
Martyn Kelham As a kid I always dreamed of adventures in cars – I had a little Post Office Telephone Dinky Morris Series E van that I imagined I travelled the world in. It was fitted out as a motorhome long before that idea was fashionable but, of course, you would struggle to get a […]
Mike Humble takes a sideways look at one of the sheds that littered the highways and by-ways of the UK. The Ford Granada Mk2 might have smacked of Teutonic coolness, but it was its association with some very British characters that truly shaped its identity. And for Mike Humble, that’s more than enough to convince […]
Mike Humble I saw her today as I drove to the shops – she was there, outside the newsagents, and I’m in love again. She’s 25 years old and somewhat younger than me, but do you know what? I don’t care. Her red complexion and plain yet distinctive looks are everything to me and, already, I’m wondering what my […]