Today’s Granada CC reminds me that its concept, of a more formal and better-trimmed compact, wasn’t exactly new. The 1960 Comet essentially played that role fifteen years earlier, and was quite successful. In 1961, a higher-trim S22 model joined the line-up, with bucket seats, console, and distinguishing trim. But there were no hokey ad comparisons to a Mercedes, although it did rather look like a fin-tail Mercedes in profile. LeSabretoothTiger caught this fine ’63 S22 coupe on the go.
Like the Granada and Monarch, the standard engine was the little Falcon six, in 144, and 170 inch sizes, although in mid-year 1963, the 170 inch version became standard. Good call. The 260 cubic inch V8 with 164 hp also became optional in 1963.
The Comet showed that big-car styling on a trimmer size was a recipe for success, even if the formula was lost for some years.