August 1st, 2019 – While updating our database we confirmed the seller deleted their listing, so we’re calling this one “Sold!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
We saw this 1977 Ford Granada pop up on Craigslist last week in Hagerstown, Maryland, and have been anxiously awaiting to feature it for Malaise Monday. While the private seller is asking $5,800, the NADA Classic, Collector, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide currently lists the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” value range for this car at only $975, $1,575, and $2,550, respectively so we’re hopeful he’s a bit flexible on the price. If not, you’ll have to decide whether the rarity of the 302 cubic inch V8 combined with a factory four-speed, original paint, and one family-owned provenance is worth the premium.
Ford introduced the Granada for 1975 as a luxury compact vehicle slotted between the Maverick and the Torino in the company’s product line. Ford research in 1969 predicted that rising gas prices, the increase in multiple-vehicle families, and urban traffic would combine for the need to offer a compact luxury car segment. Ford used the data to start the development of the Granada before the 1973 Oil Embargo and benchmarked the Mercedes-Benz W114 280 as a guide. However, while the Mercedes served as a design benchmark for the roofline of the four-door sedan along with the proportion of the tail lamps and grille, the Granada’s rear-wheel-drive chassis came straight from the 1960–1965 Ford Falcon parts bin.
The private seller describes his Granada as a clean, non-restored, one family-owned Granada that runs and drives great. He also reports that everything on the car works. While it comes with new custom American Racing wheels equipped with new tires, the seller notes that the original wheels and hub caps are included with the sale.
Even if you decide the price premium is worth it, at less the six grand you can have a solid fun car that will gain you entrance to any local car show or cruise-in. Good luck with the purchase!