In August 1977, Ford presented the new asset for the business market. More specifically, the public was introduced to the Ford Granada, which was given a new suit under the direction of Uwe Bahnsen. Under the skin, the changes compared to the first Granada generation were significantly less radical. The chassis remained almost the same, the British Essex V6 engines disappeared. Ford again supplied the Granada Mk2 in numerous delivery variants. In addition, the buyer could again choose from a variety of four and six-cylinder engines. We drove with the version that was never on the program in the Netherlands: the Granada with the 2.0 V6 engine.
Our Cologne-born Ford spent the lion's share of his nearly 43-year history in his home country. The first owner opted for execution level “L”. Its equipment is sufficient, certainly in retrospect. For example, you will find a large clock, an armrest in the back seat, carpet, an illuminated glove compartment and headrests. And all this within a beautifully finished interior. In Germany, the Granada (just like in other countries) was available with the 90 DIN-PK generating 2.0 V6 engine. The first owner chose this engine over the more powerful four-cylinder two-liter version. Years later Sicco Dijkstra this Granada to the Netherlands. When you see the Granada you know why he did that. In front of us stands a 100% immaculate Ford with 112.000 kilometers of life experience. He shows that he was cherished in his homeland. In Friesland it received a cosmetic upgrade, the condition is almost as new inside and out.
Driving this Granada is a great pleasure, exceeding pleasant expectations beforehand. After the entrance in the Ford it is also a bit of a search. For the feeling, the seats should be able to move a bit further back, and the steering wheel is not adjustable. Yet it is not difficult to find the right sitting position, you retain freedom of movement in all cases. The poker seems to be far away, but in practice it is just within normal reach. The non-conforming The operating structure of the levers and buttons also takes a short time to get used to.
Send in on time, not a penny of pain
The ignition key moves forward two steps and the Köln V6 starts immediately, it does not miss a beat. The Ford feels massive and that feeling is enhanced by the powerless and indirect steering around the center position. When approaching a bend, it is important to initiate the steering maneuver in time. The Granada does change course obediently and then it turns out that indirect is something other than woolly.
Handier than expected
The Ford follows the line that you use, the steering certainly communicates well at quiet speeds. The steering character suits the Granada. It reinforces the comfortable and steady characteristics of the German, who can actually easily be placed in narrow streets. That is surprising, because the specifications say that the Granada has a lock to lock of four and a half revolutions. The turning circle of 11.5 meters also makes you fear for its maneuverability. But that turns out to be fine in practice. In all circumstances, the all-round view and the marking points at the end of the frequently applied sheet metal work excellently.
The suspension and damping characteristics are also very clear. Not for a moment does it become soft, the flexibility has been weighed up. This also applies to the power delivery of the quiet V6, whose fine sounds are also dampened thanks to excellent sound insulation. The Granada lends itself to relaxed cruising, but when you press the accelerator further, the large Ford accelerates steadily, partly due to the maximum torque of 3000 Nm, which is already at 149 rpm, and that is a plus compared to the four-cylinder two liters ( 151 Nm at 4,000 rpm). Partly thanks to that V6 flexibility, you can reach speeds of 110-120 kilometers per hour. Even then, the Ford shows its fine course stability. This is good for the safety experience, and this is enhanced by the excellently adjustable braking system (discs at the front, drums at the rear).
The Ford is whisper quiet, which is why you switch by feeling in this Ford. Moreover, no rev counter was fitted on the L version in Cologne. It had certainly proven its usefulness in this car. Anyway: the four synchronized gears show a nice overlap, the gearbox to be operated swiftly is well spaced. The interaction with the easy to dose clutch is fine.
Decided quality experience
That qualification also applies to anything you tackle while driving. In addition, everything functions flawlessly, from control levers and buttons to the window cranks. You have continuous quality in your hands, literally and figuratively. Even if you are not driving, it will surface. The sheet metal makes a massive impression. And the doors close decisively and with a beautiful rustle. They are pure evidence of quality and even such that this Ford can rightfully knock at the door of the higher echelon.
This Ford has everything to make every classic ride a pleasant experience. It can be used anywhere and is easy to take with you. In addition, in this version it is almost a niche today. Because apart from the Datsun Laurel, there was not a single contemporary within the combination in 1978 Granada segment en price range available with a six-cylinder two-liter engine. Add to this the palpable quality and outstanding comfort of the Ford. Then the conclusion is justified that this Granada 2.0 V6 L acts at a high level, and is a great opportunity for the enthusiast. He is sublime.
With thanks to Dijkstra Classic Cars & Youngtimers, Sexbierum
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