AFFORDABLE CLASSIC OF THE WEEK: FORD GRANADA MARK 3

Numbers of surviving Ford Granada Mark 3s are thinner than Donald Trumps hairline. Seen by many as worthless, cheap scrap - they are anything but. Here’s an example that you can save for less than any MGB - and it’ll be a darn sight more reliable, too…

 

Although the Ford Sierra was proving to be a problem child on the sales front, Ford pressed forward with parallel styling for its aerodynamic third incarnation of the popular Granada. By this point, it appeared aesthetically far-removed from Jack Regan’s cult motor featured in The Sweeney, but it still lived on as the policeman’s friend and offered executive luxury on a budget. 

n the continent the Granada Mark 3 received an all-new name - the Scorpio. Ford sensibly kept the Granada name for the British market, refusing to alienate their deep-rooted buyers.  Drivers in the UK didn’t get the Scorpio name until the child-scaring frog-faced monster of 1994 arrived oh-so briefly on the market. 

In terms of pushing things forward, the Mark 3 Granada’s main claim to fame - besides being blown up in James Marsh’s 2012 drama Shadow Dancer - remains that it was the first European car to offer ABS across the range as standard. However, this is a tad dull - so let’s look at what we all love - power. 

Early four-pot 2.0-litre engines may have been lethargic to a degree that left Garfield the cat looking sporty, but with the arrival of the later twin-cams normality was restored. Then the daddy arrived - the V6. Followed by the steroid-packed Cosworth, which has rapidly become a cult classic.

The rest of the range - including the saloon and the estate - haven’t yet found their place, but we can assure you they will, and sooner than you think. So - before prices climb like all classic Fords before it - how about grabbing this one currently for sale on CCFS?

As it’s a Ford, it remains relatively easy to fix and mechanical parts are widely available. Then there are the various clubs that will welcome you with open arms and provide all the support and knowledge you could want.  And the price for this slice of retro goodness? Less than £3k. 

This may sound like a huge chunk of cash for a Ford yet to find its position in the classic car world, but this particular Granada Mark 3 has an ace up its sleeve - it’s in mint condition. 

Having covered only 18,000 miles and offered with a full MoT - alongside all original documents, a full service history and an interior that appears factory fresh - this Ford Granada Mark 3 for sale provides the perfect blend of contemporary usability and 1980s classic car virtuousness. You know you want it. We certainly do. 

Grab a look on CCFS.  

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