1983 Ford Granada Mark 2 2.8 i Ghia
(Featured on 25th April 2011)
Registration: A48 RGG
Sellers original description:
An absolutely stunning 1983 Ford Granada 2.8i Ghia X automatic.
One owner from new until 2008 and just 43,000 miles.
Cherished, loved, garaged and correctly maintained from new this top of the range high specification example is presented in exemplary original condition with all of its original panels, Ford stamped glass and the vast majority of its factory applied paint finish.
It is without doubt one of the finest original condition Granada 2.8i Ghia X’s available anywhere.
After the success of the Zephyr and Zodiac ranges in the Sixties a new decade brought the need for an all new Large Luxury Ford Saloon.
The Granada was launched in March 1972, with the 2 litre V4 and V6 Essex engine models initially badged Ford Consul. Latterly though, in 1975, the name Consul was dropped and the whole range adopted the Granada name.
In September 1977, Ford announced its new Granada, the Mark 11 with cleaner, more elegant body style and featuring German built 2.3 and 2.8 engines.
By continuously upgrading Granada's competitive specification, subtly improving interior and exterior design details, the Granada went on to become the industry's benchmark for large car style, comfort and driver appeal. Its excellent overall package and value for money also helped it to maintain high retained values in the used car market against a backdrop of continuing oil crises and fuel price increases.
A face lift in late 1981 followed by further enhancements in 1982 kept even the lower specification models well in front of the competition. However it was the top of the range, the 2.8i Ghia X that really excelled. Streets ahead of anything in its class its mind blowing standard specification was way ahead of its time.
Of course the normal top of the range early eighties extras were there – central locking, power steering, alloy wheels, electric windows but there was much, much more - headlamp wash, electric slide and tilt sunroof, cloth headlining, electric mirrors, wood door cappings, FM radio cassette with wood surround, 4 speakers and electric aerial, electric front seats, heated front seats, air conditioning, front and rear map lights, trip computer, chrome bumpers, front spoiler with 2.8i embossed, fog lights, front and rear headrests, smoke tinted glass and so on.
It is nearly 3 decades now since production of the mark II Granada ceased and they are now becoming rare with unrestored, original bodied, well cared for, low mileage, rust free examples becoming increasingly hard to find. Consequently these are the cars that are now highly sought after and it is these examples that are most highly desired, none more so than the 2.8i Ghia X.
You would be hard pushed to find an original one at all, but one that has had one owner for most of its life, that has covered just 43,000 genuine miles is in immaculate totally original condition where everything mentioned above works, even down to the small light on the key.
This is such a proper, honest, original and reliable example of the extremely desirable and rare now MK II Granada 2.8i Ghia X.
This one has clearly been loved cherished and cosseted since new and is presented in show condition.
It has had one elderly owner for most of its life and has covered just 43,000 miles. It has been correctly stored, maintained and serviced.
If you have been looking for the best of the best of 2.8i Ghia X’s you may well find your search is over.