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RealRides of WNY - 1978 Granada

November 23, 2019

RealRides of WNY - 1978 Granada


The brochure touted the 1978 Ford Granada as “A classic example of beauty and practicality.” At least they weren’t still trying to compare it to a Mercedes-Benz, as they did when it debuted for MY 1975. The exterior styling was clean and contemporary, and the interiors were anything but dull. Depending on which model you chose, your interior could have been Medium Blue, Camel, Dove Grey, Jade, Red, Cordovan, or Blue. But Black, seen in so many of today’s cars, wasn’t even a choice! Fabric descriptions were almost as colorful: Westminster Cloth and Vinyl, Corinthian Vinyl, Touraine Cloth and Vinyl, Kasman Cloth/Vinyl,  Chainmail Vinyl (bottom of page), or Barletta Cloth and Vinyl. And the standard seat wasn’t just a bench seat — it was a Flight Bench Seat! My Dad owned one of these back in the day. A former rental car, it was equipped with a dealer-installed under-dash a/c unit, but no tinted glass. You’d think, seeing that the car came from Virginia, that they would have known better! Saw this two-door a few years ago in North Tonawanda. I wonder where all the rest of them are? Ford sold over 2 million of them from 1975-82.

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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