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#1 OFFLINE   kitefighter

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Posted 28 July 2020 - 06:14 AM

A couple of years ago, whilst at the East coast of England at Norfolk, I caught site of this beautiful 1985 Ford Granada Mark 2.8i Ghia X

It had all the typical last of the series 2 features of the top of the range Ford of Europe executive car of it's era (before being replaced by the Ford Scorpio). Two tone paint, full leather interior. Ever since, I was waiting for a scale model if this car to add to the model garage and remember the presence of that car on that day.

Corgi Vanguards recent release is of the same car in the same colour scheme. I will take some nicer plctures later and review the model alongside other Ford Granada models in 1/43 scale. It's a very nice model. I wish it was available 1/18 scale.

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Posted 28 July 2020 - 09:07 AM

That is a very detailed model even though Ford Granada doesn't mean all too much to me personally but I definitely like what it represents. The epitome of the 80s boxy cars. For some reasons I have been buying a few 1/43 models here and there lately. Mostly made by Oxford diecast and when I learnt about Corgi Vanguard I was absolutely impressed with the level of details went into them (in the past I always thought of Corgi as a upscale matchbox but these Vanguard series are amazingly detailed and are true adult collectibles. They are also quite expensive LOL.

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Posted 28 July 2020 - 11:55 AM

That does like nicely done. I like that generation of Granada; it looks spot on. Nice car, KiteFighter!

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Posted 29 July 2020 - 01:13 PM

Looks nice, I'd be in for a 1/18 of it for sure, and the Mk1 version.

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Posted 29 July 2020 - 06:54 PM

View Postjazzy426, on 28 July 2020 - 09:07 AM, said:

That is a very detailed model even though Ford Granada doesn't mean all too much to me personally but I definitely like what it represents. The epitome of the 80s boxy cars. For some reasons I have been buying a few 1/43 models here and there lately. Mostly made by Oxford diecast and when I learnt about Corgi Vanguard I was absolutely impressed with the level of details went into them (in the past I always thought of Corgi as a upscale matchbox but these Vanguard series are amazingly detailed and are true adult collectibles. They are also quite expensive LOL.

Hi Jazzy. I see from your profile that you're from Australia and I think over there, the Ford Granada may have been quite a different beast (as so many cars are compared to our two lands) from it's UK counterpart. "Hubnut" is a fascinating youtube channel in which Ian Seabrook celebrates the ordinary cars and has spent the last year exploring the differences.

Ford in the UK was the best selling car maker from the 1970s with their Ford Cortina, Escort and Fiesta models, and the Granada was their flagship and for many the most aspirational model in their range until the rise of the SUV and German executive brands squeezed out the Ford Granada, Opel Senator, Renault 20/30, Citroen CX and so  on. The Mark 2 Granada was given a high profile on TV with shows such the Sweeney and the Professionals. Those cars were the Mark 2 series 1 which have also been made by Corgi Vanguards. (please see pictures below)

The Ford Granada mark 2 series 1 above was in my view a less attractive looking car with it's corporate slatted front grill and ribbed rear lights and yet, when I saw the real thing on it's on in that car park that day, I couldn't help but admire and look forward to the one day I might own a scale model of the car.

View PostScuddy, on 28 July 2020 - 11:55 AM, said:

That does like nicely done. I like that generation of Granada; it looks spot on. Nice car, KiteFighter!

Hello Scuddy. Thanks. I'm pleased with the addition but I think the metallic paint flecks are too course, especially in 1/43 scale. What do you think?

View PostCraig, on 29 July 2020 - 01:13 PM, said:

Looks nice, I'd be in for a 1/18 of it for sure, and the Mk1 version.

Hello Craig, the Mark 1 has been made in 1/18 scale by BoS. (please see pictures at the bottom of this message) It's only ever been available in yellow with a black vinyl roof and I've been campaigning for a new release in Ghia trim from BoS ever since.

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