Ford Granada MK1 (1972–1977)

The March 1972 released succeeded the British Ford Zephyr, and the German P7-series as Ford’s European executive car offering. At first, lower models in the range were called the Ford .

This may have been because of a lawsuit by Granada Group a major British conglomerate of the time; however their application for an injunction failed at appeal and they could not prevent Ford registering the name Granada as a trademark thus from 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 and Woodall Nicholson. Traditional four-door limousines were offered (both long and short versions) alongside an unusual four-door “coupé limousine” (only 12 built),[6] as well as hearses in either two- or four-door configurations.

Mechanically, the European Granada conformed to Ford convention, the initial range using the Ford Essex V4 unit in 2.0 L displacement, and the “Essex” V6 engine in 2.5 and 3.0 L capacities. German models employed a Ford V4 engine in 1.7 L displacement, or the 3.0L Essex V6, or, more commonly the “Cologne” V6 in 2.0, 2.3 or 2.6 L capacities. The V4 was later replaced by the Pinto unit. The car generally followed mechanical layout of its predecessors Ford Zephyr/, utilizing a coil sprung independent rear end, although front McPherson struts were replaced by double wishbones, introduced 18 months earlier in smaller TC and Taunus. On the other hand the Granada – like Ford 17M/20M/26M – featured drum brakes at rear, as opposed to the Ford Zephyr/ rear disc brakes.

The car was available as a four-door saloon, a five-door estate (Turnier) and a two-door fastback coupé. The early (1972–73) coupé had slightly different sheet metal; a more pronounced styling. In the coupé was revised, with more straight lines. A two-door saloon joined the range in May ,[8] reducing the entry level advertised German price of the car by 415 Marks, but the two-door saloon version was never produced nor officially sold 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.

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In South Africa, the Granada Perana V8, built by Basil Green Motors, was available through Ford dealers with the 302 cu in (4.9 L) Windsor V8 engine, developing 255 PS (188 kW; 252 hp) and 405 N·m (299 lb·ft) at 2,600 rpm.

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Granada_(Europe)

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