Dad was an up and coming salesman for a London Engineering company whose business was in reconditioning boat and ship engines. In the 60ís he bought a Vauxhall Victor new and the company relied on him meeting clients and entertaining them.
After a year of this he sold the Vauxhall and the company was left high and dry, without the ability to ferry about customers, so new orders were not being generated. They told him to go out and buy a company car. He started off with a maroon Consul 375, than a grey Zephyr 6, followed by a white 1970 Zephyr 6, a green 1974 Consul (Granada MK1 shape), a 1979 Gold MK2 pre facelift and finally a silver 1982 Granada 2.3L.
Dad went for the 6 cylinder cars ,because the V4ís used to scream a lot when pushed hard. The Granada in 1982 was a typical Directorís car. In 1987 the Granada had completed 45,000 miles and was about to be traded in for a Saab 2000. Then six months before retirement, dad unexpectedly died. The purchase of the new Saab was reversed as delivery was only in a few days. The company was then left without a Managing Director and a four year old Granada.
They wanted to give dad a golden handshake when he was to retire so handed the car to my mother as a gift, in place of my dad getting a gold watch. He had worked for the firm from 14 years old, with time out during the war for service in the Air Force. My mum does not drive and so she gave the car to me.
So in 1987 I became the proud owner of ALN 157Y an automatic silver Granada 2.3L with tinted windows and sunroof. In 1987 it was flash, being 30 years old with a year old executive car with low mileage.
From 1987 to 1994 this was the family car. My wife and I have 2 children and the car survived well. The only casualty was the sunroof, one of my sons friends at about 8 years old decided to swing on it while it was half open. It goes back but the swinging must have bent the slide mechanism.
The cost of running the car over the years has been minimal, including regular servicing costs. In 1990 the carburettor went wrong resulting in a pause before accelerating. I had a new Ford carburettor which also did not work properly. I was backwards and forwards to the local Ford main dealer about 8 times, I got to know the receptionist quiet well.
At this point I went and got a specialist carburettor company involved and with written proof that what ford supplied me with was not up to the job, I went back to the Ford main dealer requesting a replacement. They then replaced the carburettor and I went back to the specialist company to get it all tuned up properly. The carburettor was finally fixed. In 2000 I decided to improve the Granada, by fixing any faults. I contacted the then Granada Enthusiasts club. They replaced and painted the front wings, replaced the exhaust with a stainless steel exhaust and replaced the thermostat (it was running hotter than it should). The front and rear bumpers were slightly rusty. They said they could fix these. They supplied me with second hand bumpers that were slightly dented. The Enthusiasts club did a good job of the wings and the exhaust, but they managed to dent the boot lid and supply a different one, slightly rustier than the original and fit a cheap areal (this was my fault as I requested a basic new areal, which was exactly what I got). I have since, with a local garage in London, had the boot repaired, fitted a replacement aerial, put on a wing trim properly that fell off.
I also bought brand new front and rear bumpers, from the Ford main dealer. The brand new bumpers are still in the wrappers in the shed. In other words the Enthusiasts club did some things well and what they failed at, I have had others fix properly. I could with a little effort make the car a showpiece. To be honest, I get enjoyment from just owning and driving the car, and keeping it as best as I can. I drive around with these slightly dented bumpers, but it does not detract from the cars overall, as new appearance.
There is no rust on the car anywhere, but there are a few micro dots on one of the wheel arches and also around the ariel. If these break through I will get these done. The car has now done 94,000 miles. It runs perfectly. It has been garaged from new in 1982 until 1987, and then again from 1994 to date, it has been back in the same garage.
Me and my wife each have a daily run around and the Granada is used now, often on trips just to benefit the car, by keeping it running. It is part of the family. I have known it as the family car for 29 years and I have owned it for the last 24 years.
Regards Graham Ceddes