September 1st, 2019 – We just confirmed the private seller of this Granada deleted their Craigslist post, so we’re calling this car “Sold!”
We saw this 1977 Ford Granada posted just in time for Malaise Monday on Craigslist in Sayreville, New Jersey where the private seller is asking $5,000. 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. Savvy readers will recall we featured this yellow limited edition ’77 Granada in early July where the seller originally asked $5,800. That car did not last long so we’re beginning to think the NADA Guide may be a bit low in their estimates for Granadas right now.
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 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 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.
While posting excellent pictures detailing his Granada, the private seller of this pretty dark brown over tan example provides a brief description stating that his car features a full respray on what appears to be a rust-free and straight body that has only traveled 40K miles. Equipped with the more desirable 302 cubic inch V8 connected to a column shifted three-speed automatic, we note that the factory air conditioning compressor appears to have its drive belt disconnected, so you’ll need to quiz the seller about that. The aftermarket wire wheels with simulated knock offs will keep the new caretaker very busy keeping clean, however they are shod with a brand new set of whitewall tires. The buckskin interior appears to be in very condition with only fading plastic dashboard chrome the only flaw.
We really like the look and color combination of this car. The styling of the first generation Granada has aged very well and with some mild engine massaging, you can easily transform this example into a mild street machine that will be welcome at any local car show. Good luck with the purchase!