Originally Posted by Roadster
I always fancied a Mk1 Granada coupe powered by the 2.9 808 Cosworth engine or even a tuned 2.4 duratec both engines supplied by the ugly as sin Scorpio / Utima
The last time I saw a Granny coupe it was at a banger race.
The very first car I ever bought was a '72 Ford Consul ('The Sweeney' Granada shaped). It had started out life as a 2.5 V6, but the owner had acquired and fitted a Capri RS2600 engine while stationed in Germany.
The engine transplant was a very professional job (he was an aircraft engineer), he'd ditched the fuel injection in favour of triple Webers on a (home) cast aluminium manifold, but he hadn't modified the suspension or brakes and it was on standard steel wheels with relatively skinny rubber.
It had around 210bhp turning the back wheels and suspension by Slumberland, which made it exhilarating to drive in the same way that running for cover while under enemy gunfire is exhilarating.
It offered clouds of smoke from the back wheels when you launched away from the traffic lights, and clouds of smoke from the front wheels when you tried to stop at the next set. Oh, and it pinked like hell on four star when they stopped selling five star and did about 12mpg on a run, 7 if you caned it.
Funnily enough, most of my mates had mk1 Escorts with weedy 1.3's at the time...