Utterly clean, straightforward and well-proportioned. Even after more than four decades, the second generation of the Euro Ford Granada still doesn’t look hopelessly outdated or downright ridiculous. How nice it was to come across one of my favorite classic Euro Fords in such a good condition.
Even better, there was a contemporary competitor of this six-cylinder Ford in the same classic car parking lot. Also from Germany and also in a shade of beige.
The second Granada generation, designed by Uwe Bahnsen, was introduced in 1977. The other Ford car models on the Continent were the Fiesta, Escort, Taunus and Capri. The Granada was the line-up’s head honcho, the Fiesta was Ford’s only front-wheel drive car in those days.
The Ghia was the plush top trim level, offered on all Euro Fords.
The 1978 four-door sedan at the show was powered by a carbureted 2.8 liter Cologne V6 with a maximum power output of 135 DIN-hp. Also available were a two-door sedan and a five-door wagon, called the Granada Turnier.
The rims must look familiar. In Europe, they came with the Ghia package.
Our maximum Brougham level by Ford, around 1980.
Now then, over to
PSA General Motors. Splendid, a 1979 (first registration, year built 1978) Opel Senator A1 2.8 S.
The production of the Senator A, that’s the first generation, started in 1978 and ended in 1986; A1 from 1978 to 1982 and the revised A2 from 1982 to 1986.
This sweet ride is powered by a carbureted 2.8 liter inline-six, 140 DIN-hp. I just mention carbureted because fuel injection was also available on the top models of Ford, Opel and other automakers. Most certainly on anything with a six-cylinder engine.
The most powerful engine in the Senator A was the 3.0 E (180 DIN-hp), in the Granada Mk2 it was the 2.8 i (160 DIN-hp).
Wheelbase, length, registered curb weight Opel: 2,683 mm (105.6”), 4,839 mm (190.5”), 1,396 kg (3,078 lbs).
Wheelbase, length, registered curb weight Ford: 2,769 mm (109.0”), 4,720 mm (185.8”), 1,358 kg (2,994 lbs).
Our maximum Brougham level by Opel, around 1980.
In the meantime, executive (E-segment) sedans built by Ford, Opel and other mainstream automakers have long gone the way of the dodo. In today’s market, the Ford Mondeo and Opel Insignia are clearly D-segment models, no matter how you dress them up. And most likely, those will go the way of the dodo too.