Why make simple when you can make complicated? While that’s usually said as a bad joke, in the case of the 1972 Ford Granada Mk 1, that’s exactly what happened and for some reason, it worked out extremely well. It probably helped that the Granada was a remarkable car, roomy, durable, relatively fast, that become the mainstay of car fleets, taxi services and of course, the police. Initially assembled by Ford in both the UK and Germany, the Granada was available in several configurations – two door, four door, station – and with a choice of 7 engines. The options configuration quickly became labyrinthine, but in a way it gave the car its strength and versatility. If there was ever a car that could take a serious beating and keep on truckin’, it was the Granada!
As I said, the Granada was available with 7 engines, some of which only for the UK, some only for the rest of Europe, some for both. The most powerful of them was a 3-liter V6, which allowed for a top speed of 111 miles per hour and a 0-60 time of around 12 seconds. A South African model was made with a V8, but it wasn’t available in Europe or the UK.
With the ‘complicated’ exception notwithstanding, Ford really had something with the Granada, and they made the most of it. This car was reliable, relatively powerful and it looked good in whatever application it was used, replacing both the Zephyr and Zodiac models. Although the name has proven too much of a success to simply abandon, the first generation of these cars are still around, and well-loved!