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Ford Granada Mk1 and Consul buying guide (1972-1977)

Ford Granada Mk1 and Consul buying guide (1972-1977) Classic and Performance Car
Ford Corsair GT Ford Corsair After the awkward-looking Zephyr and Zodiac MkIV, the Consul and Granada Mk1 were a breath of fresh air, with their appealing styling and spacious, luxurious interiors. In typical Ford fashion there was a model for everyone, thanks to a choice of three engines (at any one time), five trims and three bodystyles.

Buyers could also choose between four-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmissions on some models; buy one of the latter with a 3.0 V6 and you can imagine you’re the chairman of the board as you swish along in seventies luxury.

By the time production was wound up in 1977, almost 850,000 examples of the Granada Mk1 had been built – compared with just under 123,000 copies of its predecessor. Both cars enjoyed a five-year production span, which just goes to show how right Ford was with the original Granada.

Which one to buy

You need to buy the very best Granada you can find, because if you insist on waiting until your ideal spec crops up, you might be hanging around a rather long time. These cars are now depressingly rare and some of those that appear for sale are tatty, although many are in very good condition. So if you want a really good one you’ll have to take what’s available.

Unsurprisingly it’s the 3.0-litre cars that are the most sought after, and (to a lesser degree) the 2.5s. There aren’t many 2.0-litre cars left, whether it’s the V4 unit or the Pinto; the latter is more powerful, smoother and much easier to get parts for. The V6 engines are much smoother than the four-cylinder alternatives and the bigger powerplants tended to be fitted to the most highly specified cars. There aren’t many 2.5s left either though, which is why whatever you buy, it’ll probably have a 3.0-litre V6.

In theory there’s a choice of saloon, estate or coupe bodystyles to choose from, but the reality is that most of the cars that are available are four-door saloons – estates are especially unusual.

Tech spec - Ford Granada 3.0 V6

Engine 2994cc, V6
Power 138bhp @ 5000rpm
Torque 174lb ft @ 3000rpm
Top speed 113mph
0-60mph 9.1sec
Consumption 20mpg
Gearbox Four-speed manual

What to look for

• As you’d expect, corrosion is an issue – especially in the inner sills, which aren’t easy to fix properly as the rear subframe usually has to be removed. Front inner wings rot too, but as the outer wings bolt on, access is good.

• Front and rear valances corrode, and on cars with a sunroof, expect rust in the rear pillars, into which the drain channels feed rainwater. Door bottoms, the leading edge of the bonnet and the trailing edge of the boot lid can dissolve too.

• Listen for camshaft wear on the Pinto engine (given away by a clinking noise); also beware of buying a 76bhp economy special as they’re underpowered.

• On the V4, the oil pump drive fails without warning, scrapping the engine. The bearings can also fail for the balancer shaft; if they’ve gone, it’ll be obvious. Check for oil and water leaks from blown head gaskets, and if the bottom end is rumbling or the valvegear is noisy, steer clear.

• The Essex V6 shares its design with the V4 but it’s stronger and smoother, although blown head gaskets and cracked cylinder heads are common. The oil pump is driven from the distributor by a hexagonal shaft which wears and breaks, wrecking the powerplant. If the car has been jacked up by its sump, the oil pump will be damaged. The V6’s fibre timing gear can break; steel replacements can be fitted though.

• Most surviving Granadas and Consuls are autos, but whatever gearbox is fitted it’ll be a tough unit. But wear is inevitable, so check the colour, state and level of fluid in an auto and see if the changes are smooth. If they’re jerky, a rebuild is probably on the cards.

• There’s a gearbox cooler built into the radiator which starts to leak after a while. Once water gets into the transmission it’ll be wrecked.

• The driveshafts incorporate a CV joint which wears, so feel for play and listen for clicking as drive is taken up. Fitting replacements isn’t costly or hard though.

• Make sure all of the lighting is there and that it works okay; rear lenses are extinct while headlamps aren’t easy to find any more.

• Interior trim is available only on a used basis, and with lots of materials, colours and finishes offered, finding exactly what you need to replace a damaged trim panel or seat could take a while.

• Much of the exterior brightwork is also hard to find now, so make sure that everything is there and intact.

Model history

1972: Consul and Granada replace Zephyr/Zodiac MkIV in April. Consul comes with 2.0 V4, 2.5 V6 or 3.0 V6 engines. Granada gets V6s only. Estate launched in September.
1973: Granada 2.5 discontinued, standard power steering for 3.0 cars.
1974: Granada Ghia launched, along with a coupe edition (the latter was offered from the outset in Europe). Pinto 2.0 engine supersedes the 2.0 V4 unit.
1975: Facelift brings new grilles and instruments. Consul name dropped.
1976: Pinto economy option launched with 75bhp. UK production ends.
1977: German production ends as Granada MkII takes over.

Words: Richard Dredge
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Last updated: 1st Jun 2015
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  • FORD GRANADA Base

    £1,395 £1,395

    Type: Used Year: 1993 Make: FORD Model: GRANADA Trim: Base Body: Sedan Trans: Manual Mileage: 154000 Engine Size: 1998 Ext Color: Black

    • Mileage: 154000 mi
    • Engine size: 1998
    For sale
    £1,395 £1,395
    Badger Automotive
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  • Ford Granada 2.9i 4x4 Rs Police Concept Car- 1 of a Kind - May take part ex L@@K

    £8,995 £8,995

    PLEASE READ ALL THE LISTING FULLY !!.... May take part exchange if it helps . Its fully road legal & Mot'd until 24th May 2018 & also comes with few bits and bobs plus custom made roof cover. Granada 2.9i 4x4 Rs Police Concept Car . This is a 1 of a kind 1988 model Police 2.9i 4x4 Concept Car 5 speed manual , This car is 1 of like 6 ever built and is the only one left , So a very rare car and a very good investment for the future. This car was built by Ford SVO Department and Wiltshire Police had it from 1988 till 2011 and its now been fully restored and I mean fully plus we have the full Police history with the car to much to say about it really but its all here . This is a Ford proto type car these were made by Ford SVO and Woodway Engineering for a trial ,and of there time they were police cars of the future . But they never took off because of cost at the time. This car was owned by Wiltshire Police from 1988 till 2011 when they sold it and it has had a complete rebuild and respray but the car has never been welded so much to list but have a lot of receipts and all the police history I even have the forces vehicle log book . This vehicle is a part of police History and very very rare but I must say it is not just a Granada it is a proto type and not a standard car it is a 2.9i and its 4 wheel drive and its also got better & lowered suspension plus full RS body kit etc. . It is very rare as only 6 were ever made and this is the only 1 left . This is a Genuine lovely looking police car that is still all fully loaded with the lights, pa system, sirens etc etc and I have all the history & info on it including all the police logs for every time this car was used right down to what r drove it and to where etc . Its been fully rebuilt & restored with everything being done and new including full engine rebuild and all new steering rack / sub frame / suspension / radiator / oil cooler / New cylinder heads , water pump and The front diff has also been rebuilt plus New front prop shaft, New shocks all round and springs and bushes also Hand brake cable, fuel pump and carrier & much more . I've got receipts here totaling over £4,600 and that's without the receipts that's been misplaced & without cost of the respray and so on.. So really is a Fantastic looking car and rare . Its fully road legal & Mot'd until 24th May 2018. The car is approaching 30 years old and in Fantastic lovely condition This is beautiful solid example with solid bodywork all round and mint arches / floor & chis etc it really is a good example . This is a real eye catcher and turns heads everywhere , I take it to car shows all over the place . I'm in no hurry to sell and wasn't sure what to ask for it really but after thinking hard about it and knowing you wont buy another like this anywhere plus the condition and full cost to have it looking like this then Its got to be worth a fair bit so I've priced to what I would really like to see for it and I've had few other Granada police cars that have all sold for very good money but they not really been a patch on this to look at and in this condition& the rarity. I even sold 1 and its gone to the Usa and now sits in a Museum . Don't forget this is rare one & a 1 off a kind so I'm not 100 % sure I'm doing the right thing and if asking enough for it really but there we are could be a right bargain for someone and in time could be worth double or more as its a rare car and a good investment for the future. To me its got to be worth around £10k as it is a 1 of a kind and no matter how deep your pockets are with money you couldn't go anywhere and buy another like this so the bar is risen & value as there is nothing else to compare this with price wise . As I've said I've got all the info & write up etc on this concept car and The engine / gearbox is A1 and it starts & drives A1 plus pulls like a train with plenty of power if ever needed . Lovely looking car throughout and everything still looking new inside & out plus underneath and engine bay etc. Anything will be considered in a part exchange if it helps and if its of interest to me. I'm into all things like Clic Cars / 4x4 / Car / Caravan / Car trailer or a Camper etc so anything will be considered so try me you never know ! Im also interested in a small car that is very cheap tax & insurance etc for a learner driver or a Fiesta Tdci Or to be honest cash is always best so open to sensible genuine Cash offers but please no silly offers . I'm not going to sell this unless I really get an offer I cant refuse so please don't waste your time or mine with silly offers. I'm just testing the interest and of course for the right deal I will let it go but if not I will just keep & continue doing car shows etc with her and put for sale again sometime when it will be worth even more. Viewing welcome & advised to avoid any disappointment however we will need plenty of notice to arrange a day & time for sure .I could possible arrange delivery for a fee if not to far away but this will need to be agreed with me first plus I would want deposit & delivery costs paid upfront first. I could also arrange delivery for a fee to Docks or something if shipping abroad but again all funds for the car & costs must be paid first .

    • Mileage: 88000 mi
    • Engine size: 2933
    For sale
    £8,995 £8,995