Illustration for article titled 1977 Ford Granada

Welcome to Down On The Street, where we admire old vehicles found parked on the streets of the Island That Rust Forgot: Alameda, California. Given the incredible number of Ford Granadas sold to rental car companies American car buyers, you'd think we'd have seen quite a few of them in this series. Not so! We had a '77 Granada two-door last winter, and now we're on our second- also a '77 two-door. Ford was pretty unashamed about marketing these things as cut-rate Mercedes-Benz ripoffs, but it appears that they were a bit less reliable than their 280SE role models and very few survive today.

Illustration for article titled 1977 Ford Granada

The Granada really wasn't a bad-looking car, though the huge bumpers and landau roof are as Malaise Era as you're going to get. Diminished expectations in the house!

Illustration for article titled 1977 Ford Granada

The Granada was based on a chassis descended directly from the one used on Fairlanes of the 1960s, so you got 60s-style handling thanks to a leaf-spring rear suspension and all the understeer that engineers could design in. The standard engine was a 200-cube pushrod six that groaned out 96 horsepower; giving the Ford dealer extra money would get you a 135-horse 351 Windsor. If you opted for the Granada Ghia package, you'd get a mighty 161HP out of that 351.

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