This truly exceptional and time-warp 1985 Ford Granada 2.0i Ghia has covered an incredible 8,350 miles in the care of its 1 and only private owner since new. A letter contained within the history file confirms that the car was purchased as a treat upon the retirement of the owner. It was one of four cars owned and as such it was only used for "high-days and holidays" and was always treated as a treasured possession and always garaged.
Following the launch of the Ford Granada MK3 in May 1985, this incredible example was ordered from S Billingham LTD of Wolverhampton on the 29th June and registered on the 1st August 1985. The original order form is present and states the following factory options. Automatic Gearbox, Metallic Paint, Air Conditioning, Fuel Computer, Front Fog Lights and Rear Seat Belts.
The cost option Strato Silver paintwork is in superb condition across all of the original factory fitted panels. Date stamps are clearly visible on all panels and the factory blue torque marks can be seen throughout the engine bay, door hinges and the underside. The deep plastic bumpers and bodyside mouldings are free from scuffs or marks and the chrome inserts are still bright and damage free. The original head lamps and indicators are as new. All factory fitted tinted glass still remains and is free from scratches, chips or damage. A very slight amount of milking can be seen on the front screen upon very close inspection. The factory tilt/slide sunroof operates smoothly and the glass is superb and free from any water/rust marks in the glass. All the original badges are in excellent condition. The wheel arches are again excellent and factory spot welds are still visible. Supplying dealer number plates are fitted front and rear, along with the rear window sticker.
The interior is genuinely remarkable and can only be described as in a as new condition. Open a door or the tailgate and the 1980s Ford new car smell is instantly recognisable. The Raven cloth seats are superb and the bolsters are showing zero wear and are perfectly shaped. The cloth is free from any loosening or stretching and really is like brand new. The deep pile carpet still retains its correct pile and is super clean and stain free. The plastic kick plates and all internal door rubbers are like new. The door cards are free from any scuffs or marks and the head lining is tight and clean. The soft touch dashboard is remarkable and as new. The interior plastics and dashboard have clearly never had any kind of silicone products applied...they are just as it left the factory and as Ford intended. The original push button radio cassette is still present and in full working order and the roof mounted digital clock displays as new and without distortion in the pixels. The central door locking, four electric windows and all switch gear is working perfectly and the windows still lift as quickly and smoothly as the day it left the showroom. The rear parcel shelf is perfectly straight and clean and the boor carpet looks to be unused. Overall, a quality, classy and as new interior.
The original tyres still look as new and are perfect for show purposes, however, if the car was to be used and driven then we would advise that these are changed. The original and unused spare wheel still resides under the boot carpet and the wheel trims are scuff free and excellent.
Following a very long period in storage and unused for 10 years, a mechanical recommissioning was carried out in August 2018 and a new mot was supplied. Some 3 miles later and we have just had a full cambelt and coolant service carried out and a fresh 12 months mot. The car drives perfectly and as it would have done back in 1985. It is extremely quiet and smooth and drives like a flagship car should do.
Complete with current V5 showing zero previous owners, full handbook pack including the service book which contains 4 stamps. Original sales brochure. Various bills/receipts and a host of historic mot certificates. 2 original Ford keys including the torch key.
A true one off example.