Lot 268 - 1979 Ford Granada Mk.II Sapphire Ghia

Lot 268 - 1979 Ford Granada Mk.II Sapphire Ghia

Lot 268 - 1979 Ford Granada Mk.II Sapphire Ghia

Lot Number 268
Registration UHJ857V
Chassis Number GAGFWY128800
Engine Number WY12880
Odometer reading 74,074 miles
Estimate No Reserve
Result Sold - £1,643

The square and straight-lined Granada '78 appeared in August 1977 and was produced until April 1985 following a mild facelift and attention to drive train in 1982. It was a development of the previous car, the main differences being the ""Cologne"" V6 engine in 2.0L, 2.3L and 2.8L forms replacing the older ""Essex"" unit and the introduction of features such as air conditioning and, for the top price 2.8 litre versions, fuel-injection. By the time of its introduction, UK Granada production had been quietly abandoned for the UK market Granada II's were imported from Germany. As the range matured another two models were introduced. A sports based Granada was introduced as the Granada 2.8 Injection which had white alloy wheels and a black boot lid spoiler. This model borrowed the 2.8i 'injected' engine from the Ghia model range. Towards the end of its production run, the introduction of the 2.0 and 2.3 LX saloon and estate provided UK versions with a slightly higher specification than the 'base' L models. A special Ford of Britain only, edition of the Ghia X model was later introduced as the ""Ford Granada Ghia X Executive"" which standardised luxury appointments such as the high grade Connolly Leather interior that had previously been an optional fitment. Further refinements such an electric sunroof, electric opening boot on saloons, electric seat adjustment, heated seats, trip computer and air conditioning set the Granada Ghia X above most other cost comparable executive cars available in the UK in the early eighties.

This top of the range, pre facelift, Ford Granada Sapphire Ghia has only had two owners and covered 74,000 miles from new. The vendor purchased the car in 1984 and has kept the car in top condition throughout its life. The Granada has always been garaged and has never been exposed to the weather, it was repainted four years ago just because the colours had faded, no rust was found anywhere on the car. This Ghia is finished in blue over silver and with black leather interior comes with all the refinements of the day, fitted with the 'Cologne' 2.8 litre V6 engine, automatic gearbox, sunroof and electric windows. These cars are now becoming very rare and to find an example in this condition with a continuous history is a unique opportunity to buy an up and coming classic.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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