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Lot 136: Ford Granada MKII Ghia X

Classic, Historic and Thoroughbred Motor Cars, Barons (31 October 2011)

2500Ford launched its Granada Range in March 1972 and it proved very successful. It was featured in the TV programme The Sweeney and the cars were heavily used in the film Brannigan, starring John Wayne. In September 1977, Ford revised the model creating the mark 2 giving it clean, more elegant lines and using the German built 2.3 and 2.8 litre engines. In 1981 the model received another facelift and again in 1982. The mark 2 was used again in The Sweeney and also in The Professionals as Mr. Cowley's ride. With the powerful engines and highly refined interiors, it was not unusual to see a company chief executive being chauffeured around in the Ford Granada. It was a car of style and luxury and has one of the most comfortable back seats you could ever hope to sit in. The top of the range cars, such as the one offered here, were packed with all the options that we are used to having now, such as power steering, central locking, alloy wheels, electric windows, headlamp wash, electric slide and tilt and sunroof, electric mirrors, trip computer, FM radio cassette with four speakers, heated front seats, and the list goes on. The history of Ford Granada 2.8 Ghia X B900FFT. On the 1st of February, 1985, Elliot's Motors of Bishop Auckland registered this vehicle as a demonstration model (first keeper). When it had served its time in this capacity, Mrs. Elliott Senior purchased the car from the company and kept it until she passed away (second keeper). It was passed to a family friend who had it for 10 years (third keeper). He sold it to Mr. John Watson (fourth keeper) who owned the car three times!. He was talked into selling it to a friend (fifth keeper) with the condition he could buy it back when the car was available for sale again. This he did becoming the six the keeper. A while later he was again talked into selling it to another gentleman (seventh keeper) and regretted it so much that when the car came up for sale again he once more purchased the car (eighth keeper). All the owners were known to Mr. Watson and he knew the car had been well cared for in this time. Sadly a lot of the car service history was thrown away by one of the more elderly owners but there is MOT documentation dating from 2004 to the present day and this supports the mileage of just 70,000. The current owner purchased the car from Mr. Watson this year and has loved every minute of his ownership. Listening to the V6 engine is a joy. He has been stopped many times by people admiring the car and people have given him the thumbs up as he has passed them in the street. Driving this car makes you feel special and it is an ideal way to get into the classic car market. It seats five people with the utmost of comfort and is effortless to drive. It is hard to find examples such as this that are in such good condition. After nearly 30 years of life many of them are tired or have been pimped beyond recognition. This 2.8 Ghia X with its beautiful metallic blue paintwork has survived its 26 years of life extremely well. It has had in its time two new front wings for which there is an invoice. Whilst not perfect, the car's condition has to be seen to be appreciated. The only modification to the car has been a 10 disk auto changer with cassette. The car has always been garaged throughout its life. The car is described as a superb car that draws a lot of attention when on the road. Quality Ford Granada's such as this are rare and are increasing in value. The current owner sells this car with much regret as he is fallen in love with it in the short time it has been in his possession. Unemployment has forced the sale.

Lot Details
Auction Classic, Historic and Thoroughbred Motor Cars
Barons, Sandown Park Exhibition Complex, Esher, Surrey
TypeCar
Lot Number136
Estimate£2500-£3500
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1985
Condition rating
Registration numberB900 FFT
Mileage-
Chassis numberWFOFXXGAGFEL24036
Engine numberEL24036
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4