Malaising Grace: 1981 Ford Granada

I posted that rust bucket Mazda RX-4 the other day not because it was a good deal, but because every cell in my body wants the oddball cars (like the Mazda RX-4) to survive to when my grandkids are driving…and they won’t if we all don’t pull it together and keep them running.  In the same vein, I’d like to offer up this next reject from the malaise era, which is in arguably better shape than the RX-4 Wagon, but with a much less desirable drivetrain. Find this 1981 Ford Granada offered for $2,500 in Spokane, WA via hemmings. Tip from BP.

From the seller:

Location: Spokane, Washington, 99203

VIN #: 1FABP26B5BG148492

Transmission: Auto

Condition: Good

Exterior: Light Forest Green

Interior: Forest Green

Seller’s Description:

This is a COOL 1981 Ford Granada GL all stock and all original, 2-door sedan. It was a long time one owner car always garaged in Western Washington. The car is a cream puff that runs smooth and handles beautifully. As a daily driver or a weekend cruiser it won’t disappoint and it gets a lot of compliments. I believe the paint is the original light spruce green, It was recently buffed and clear-coat applied. Interior is in very good original condition. The deep grain vinyl interior seats and vinyl top are in very good condition….no tears or cracks. No carpet wear points, tears, or stains. No chipped or cracked glass. AM/FM with front and rear speakers. The car is an excellent example of the Second Generation Granada built on the Ford Fox Chassis. Recent work (12 months/1,000 miles) includes new tires, battery, carburetor rebuild, new fuel pump, new heater core, new vacuum hoses, clear coat, and tune up as the car sat garaged and not driven for a number of years. Has current registration and tabs. The front driver’s side seat belt does not retract without assistance. Comes with 1981 Granada Owner’s Manual and a 1981 Granada Brochure. $2,500 O.B.O.

Price: $2,500 obo

 See a better way to drive a green bandit?