Ford Consul (Granada)
|1972 to 1975|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||4-door saloon, estate car.|
|Engine||2.0 L Essex V4, later 2.0 Pinto engine 2.5 L Essex V6|
|Transmission||4-speed manual automatic optional|
|Wheelbase||107 in (2,718 mm)|
|Length||180 in (4,572 mm)|
|Width||70 in (1,778 mm)|
|Height||54 in (1,372 mm)|
The Consul name was revived for the small-engined Granada with 1996 cc Essex V4, or 2495 cc Essex V6 power units in the UK. In Germany this Ford Consul was offered with a choice of German built Ford engines, starting with the 1680 cc Ford Taunus V4 engine familiar to drivers of the Ford Taunus 17M.
In the UK a Ford Consul GT was also offered, featuring the 2994 cc Essex V6 engine providing a claimed 138 brake horsepower (103 kW). Because it was less well equipped than the similarly powered Granada, it was approximately 1 long cwt (110 lb; 51 kg) lighter and correspondingly quicker.This version has gained cult status due to its regular appearance in the original series of television show The Sweeney.
The 2.5 V6 was available in estate form. Unlike the previous Zephyr estate this car was produced by Ford.
In late 1974 the Essex V4 was replaced by the 2.0L Pinto engine.
The name was dropped in late 1975 after the UK Court of Appeal ruled that Granada Group could not prevent Ford registering the name Granada as a trademark and all the cars became Granadas.
The Sweeney TV series Ford Consul