Ford - Granada
The March 1972 released Granada succeeded the British Ford Zephyr/Zodiac, and the German Ford 17M/20M/26M, as Ford's European executive car offering. At first, lower models in the range were called the Ford Consul, but from 1975 on they were all called Granadas. The car soon became popular for taxi, fleet and police usage. It was also converted into limousine and hearse versions by the British companies Coleman Milne and Woodall Nicholson.
Ford Granada-click for a larger picture
Ford Granada 1975
Ford Granada Coupe
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Mechanically, the European Granada conformed to Ford convention, the initial range using the Ford Essex V4 unit in 2.0 Ltr displacement, and the "Essex" V6 engine in 2.5 and 3.0 Ltr capacities. German models employed a Ford Taunus V4 engine in 1.7 Ltr displacement, or the 3.0Ltr Essex V6, or, more commonly the "Cologne" V6 in 2.0, 2.3 or 2.6 Ltr capacities. The V4 was later replaced by the Pinto unit.


The car generally followed mechanical layout of its predecessors Ford Zephyr/Zodiac, utilizing a coil sprung independent rear end, although front McPherson struts were replaced by double wishbones, introduced 18 months earlier in smaller TC Cortina and Taunus. On the other hand the Granada – like Ford 17M/20M/26M – featured drum brakes at the rear, as opposed to the Ford Zephyr/Zodiac rear disc brakes.


The cars were available as two- and four-door saloons, a five-door estate and two-door fastback coupé. The early (1972-73) coupé had slightly different sheet metal; a more pronounced coke bottle styling. In 1974 the coupé was revised, with more straight lines. The "coke-bottle" coupé was unsuccessful in the UK. A revised coupé was sold only in Ghia-trim in the UK; elsewhere in all trims with all engines available. This was the reverse of the situation with the TC Cortina and Taunus, where the British model had the "coke-bottle" styling.


Source: Wikipedia.
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