An acquaintance bought a new Granada estate back in the late '80s. Lovely thing. Navy metallic Ghia model. 2.8 or 2.9 I think, with an auto box.
He kept it for ages, in fact he still had it when he passed away about 5 years ago. He'd kept it in tip top condition.
Never had one, but often wanted one. I did have a Granada saloon at one time which I did enjoy, but I'm certain an estate would have been even better.
It occurs to me that there is no real modern equivalent to those, or indeed the Carlton estates which were also good.
I guess if you drove one back to back with a modern Mondeo estate or similar, then it might not seem up to much by comparison, but there was a a delightful presence about a Granada that the Mondeo can't quite do. Selective perception of course, as everything has got bigger and arguably, better.
I had a '91 Granada Saloon as a company car. 2.0 petrol and the last of the non-catalyst equipped engines.
It was a big barge at the time, but I was doing a good few (motorway) miles at the time, and it was very comfortable.
Even 4-up and with the capacious boot full it would still manage an amazing (at the time) 38mpg on main roads. It was once proven when I took three colleagues to a conference in Belgium (it was cheaper in total than only going myself and flying) and came back with a bootfull (and the rest) of beer.
It had the added advantage of being white, and with an extra 'phone aerial (first vehicle I had a fitted car-phone in) such that the outside lane on the motorway opened up magically to let you through.
I quite enjoyed its "ownership".
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