1977 Ford Granada

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When you're talking about Malaise Era Fords, you might choose the Maverick we saw on DOTS as a good example of the Early Malaise period, and the Fox-bodied Fairmont as the archetypal Late Malaise Dearborn machine. But what about the Middle Malaise period? Why, the Granada is the obvious choice- they sold in huge numbers, yet featured the hallmarks of Detroit Malaise: miserable engine power and cruddy build qualiity. Still, the Granada (and its Mercury sibling, the Monarch) got the job done, and- as is the case with the Maverick- it's a bit sad that such a once-common car is now such a rare sight.

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Ford marketed the Granada as being like a Mercedes-Benz SLC, only cheaper, but it was really the last of the line of leaf-springed RWD sedans that stretched back to the old 60s Fairlanes. My parents had a 6-cylinder '78 Granada when I was in high school, and it was so sluggish as to be dangerous; freeway onramps were to be avoided whenever possible.

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The Mustang guys grab the disc-brake setup off these cars the moment they hit the junkyard; Granada brakes are a bolt-on for drum-brake Mustangs and Cougars.

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Illustration for article titled 1977 Ford Granada


This 2-door example is still in pretty good shape; it parks on the same block as a house with four long-dead Pintos in the driveway, so the whole neighborhood has a Malaise Ford air.



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A buddy of mine in high school (circa 1992) drove his grandmother's Granada for a while.

It was a 4-door, white with red interior. I don't recall what model year.

I remember thinking it was the most boring, featureless car I'd ever seen. Entirely devoid of any character whatsoever.

Like if you tell a 5-year-old to draw a car, this is what they'd draw.

My buddy later swapped the Granada for his other grandmother's '76 Continental. I think it was a step up.