A few days ago, we posted a low-mileage Ford Granada coupe that garnered quite a reaction. Some liked it, most didn’t, and almost all of our readers were in agreement that it was overpriced. Well, this 1978 Ford Granada ESS here on eBay is considerably more affordable and remains in half-decent condition, with some interesting enhancements included in the sale.
You’ll notice the aftermarket wheels, spoiler and racing stripes without trying too hard. You may also notice that this Granada doesn’t have the blacked-out trim that was standard on the ESS. There are some other details that don’t add up to this being a genuine ESS, but we’ll get to that later. That’s also quite a raspberry on the chrome rear bumper you’ll have to get straightened.
This Granada is said to have received the Ziebart rust prevention treatment from new, which helps explain its preserved condition. While it may be as rust-free as the day it left the dealer, the seller has made some enhancements under the hood which includes a new two barrel carb, an aluminum high-flow water pump, and a 3-row radiator, among other tweaks, including a dual-outlet exhaust.
Now here’s where the ESS designation trips me up again: I believe the “European Sport Sedan” should have bucket seats and a floor-shift automatic. Combined with the lack of blacked-out trim, I’m inclined to think this is an ordinary Granada, but that’s not a bad thing – it looks like a fun cruiser with some added growl thanks to those dual exhausts. And, it’s a hell of a lot cheaper than the last one we featured!