Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Malaising Grace: 1981 Ford Granada

I posted that rust bucket Mazda RX-4 the other day not because it was a good deal, but because every cell in my body wants the oddball cars (like the Mazda RX-4) to survive to when my grandkids are driving...and they won't if we all don't pull it together and keep them running.  In the same vein, I'd like to offer up this next reject from the malaise era, which is in arguably better shape than the RX-4 Wagon, but with a much less desirable drivetrain. Find this 1981 Ford Granada offered for $2,500 in Spokane, WA via hemmings. Tip from BP.

From the seller:

Location: Spokane, Washington, 99203
VIN #: 1FABP26B5BG148492
Transmission: Auto
Condition: Good
Exterior: Light Forest Green
Interior: Forest Green

Seller’s Description:
This is a COOL 1981 Ford Granada GL all stock and all original, 2-door sedan. It was a long time one owner car always garaged in Western Washington. The car is a cream puff that runs smooth and handles beautifully. As a daily driver or a weekend cruiser it won't disappoint and it gets a lot of compliments. I believe the paint is the original light spruce green, It was recently buffed and clear-coat applied. Interior is in very good original condition. The deep grain vinyl interior seats and vinyl top are in very good condition....no tears or cracks. No carpet wear points, tears, or stains. No chipped or cracked glass. AM/FM with front and rear speakers. The car is an excellent example of the Second Generation Granada built on the Ford Fox Chassis. Recent work (12 months/1,000 miles) includes new tires, battery, carburetor rebuild, new fuel pump, new heater core, new vacuum hoses, clear coat, and tune up as the car sat garaged and not driven for a number of years. Has current registration and tabs. The front driver's side seat belt does not retract without assistance. Comes with 1981 Granada Owner's Manual and a 1981 Granada Brochure. $2,500 O.B.O.

Price: $2,500 obo

 See a better way to drive a green bandit? tips@dailyturismo.com


  1. Wow, that thing is a real time capsule and the seller isn't asking stupid money for it.The V8 is a bonus but it is probably only a 255 cubic inch model.

  2. great blog Thank you for sharing these helpful posts it is very interesting and read worthy.

    cheap store

  3. remember this is the fairmont/zephyr platform which equals fox body!!... so great sleeper conversion with mustang parts

  4. Fleetwood T. BroughamDecember 3, 2019 at 2:56 PM

    "I believe the paint is the original light spruce green, It was recently buffed and clear-coat applied."

    What in the world? Why????

  5. Actually that is a good deal on what is becoming a slightly desirable range of cars (any of the Fox-body sedans, and especially the wagons). These are reasonably fun to drive, and a real pleasure to work on (I mean that!). Plus of course any Mustang stuff from the era is bolt-on.

  6. Just had a plate of shrimp here. Clicked on this article while listening to Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven right at that bit where they sort of go into Amazing Grace. Weird!

  7. When the Granada first came out, I was 5 years old and I recall riding in one with my Mom and how happy she was. Ok, I didn't know it was a Granada at the time, but she later told me that her car was in the shop and she didn't have the money to get a newer/nicer car at the time, so a friend loaned my Mom her car for a few days. She was beside herself, intoxicated by the luxury, LOL. The thing is, the car she had that was in the shop was a Karmann Ghia, which had next to no amenities, but in hindsight I totally prefer the VW.


Commenting Commandments:
I. Thou Shalt Not write anything your mother would not appreciate reading.
II. Thou Shalt Not post as anonymous unless you are posting from mobile and have technical issues. Use name/url when posting and pick something Urazmus B Jokin, Ben Dover. Sir Edmund Hillary Clint Eastwood...it don't matter. Just pick a nom de plume and stick with it.
III. Honor thy own links by using <a href ="http://www.linkgoeshere"> description of your link </a>
IV. Remember the formatting tricks <i>italics</i> and <b> bold </b>
V. Thou Shalt Not commit spam.
VI. To embed images: use [image src="http://www.IMAGE_LINK.com" width="400px"/]. Limit images to no wider than 400 pixels in width. No more than one image per comment please.