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A quick summary review:

For: Shape, angles, proportions are correct (to my eyes). Chrome finish of grill denoting a Ghia model a nice detail. Diecast model has a nice weight. Interior detailing. Some chassis detail. Affordable price. Metallic paint is scaled correctly.
Against: Sealed model. Transfers badges not photo-etched. Panel lines not painted (I added this detail) and sterile "Granada" number plate (I made up and added UK plates). Interior detail plain and not correct colour (I plan to paint the interior flat grey). Painted brightwork on window frames not separate. Non steerable wheels. Not dark enough for Ford Nimbus Grey.
Summary: Quite a nice model in 1/18 scale for collectors of executive cars of the 70s and 80s, especially for UK collectors who will remember the Sweeney and Professionals TV series.

Real car reference used for number plate detail:
 

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Nice purchase. I don't have extensive knowledge of most Euro-only cars, but I must say this one is appealing (and I'm sure much better than the anemic Granada sold in NA back in the 70s). It has a nice formal profile to it.

Although sealed diecasts are not my preference, I can appreciate that doing so keeps the price down and allows for more variety as the investment is lower.
 

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The model looks pretty good and I love the pairing with Rover SD1... and that is one Rover model i would like to have in 1/18 as it resembles the Ferrari Daytona

While I do not have much affinity with the Ford Granada generally but the boxy shape really reminds me of the Datsun Bluebird 910 my family had when i was young. 😘
 

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I remember these! Nice looking model! I do prefer the MkI (as per The Sweeney, shut it you mouthy s**g!!) Cool model though. Love the Rover too!
 
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I remember these! Nice looking model! I do prefer the MkI (as per The Sweeney, shut it you mouthy s**g!!) Cool model though. Love the Rover too!
'George Cowley' in the professionals used at least two MKII's - one black and one a metallic wine colour.
And there may have been others.
And speaking of TV cars, I am surprised that SunStar didn't offer their Escort MKIII convertible as used by Glynis Barber in Dempsey and Makepeace.
And while we're at it, Norev could do a right hand drive R107 Mercedes driven by 'Dempsey' in the same show.
I want it known here and now that most of interest in these shows was looking at the cars..... :D
 

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'George Cowley' in the professionals used at least two MKII's - one black and one a metallic wine colour.
And there may have been others.
And speaking of TV cars, I am surprised that SunStar didn't offer their Escort MKIII convertible as used by Glynis Barber in Dempsey and Makepeace.
And while we're at it, Norev could do a right hand drive R107 Mercedes driven by 'Dempsey' in the same show.
I want it known here and now that most of interest in these shows was looking at the cars..... :D
Yep, they missed a trick there! I loved her White Cabriolet!. She wasn't bad looking either! (randomly his Mercedes changed between Silver & White, but kept the same reg plate, and they're married in real life)
 
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Excellent buy, Kitefighter. I have always loved the shape of that generation Granada. It looks like it means business (as in commerce), and business (as in criminal!). I think it’s a very handsome, well proportioned and crisp looking car. I like it a lot. I think the pairing with the Rover is excellent, too - another great looking car. I’m very tempted to buy the Ford. I have an idea for some future pairings that the Ford would be very suited to:)

Thanks for the pics and review!
 

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Nice purchase. I don't have extensive knowledge of most Euro-only cars, but I must say this one is appealing (and I'm sure much better than the anemic Granada sold in NA back in the 70s). It has a nice formal profile to it.

Although sealed diecasts are not my preference, I can appreciate that doing so keeps the price down and allows for more variety as the investment is lower.
It's fascinating sharing stories about the cars we grew up with from other model car collectors around the world. In the UK, Ford had the best selling cars in the 70s and 80s and this flagship of the range was supposed to compete against the Vauxhall / Opel Senator and even lower priced model Mercedes-Benz W123 and BMW 5 series.

These days, Ford of Europe no longer make executive cars, so the model represents a bygone age.
 

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The model looks pretty good and I love the pairing with Rover SD1... and that is one Rover model i would like to have in 1/18 as it resembles the Ferrari Daytona

While I do not have much affinity with the Ford Granada generally but the boxy shape really reminds me of the Datsun Bluebird 910 my family had when i was young. 😘
The Rover SD1 was a bold move by British Leyland at the time, and still looks attractive today. The Ferrari Daytona look was a bit of a stretch for David Bache's styling but compared to other cars of the same era, certainly gave UK roads a sense of style. This model by Cult is better detailed than the MCG but twice the price.

Absolutely correct in the comparison with the handsome Datsun Bluebird 910 and also the Peugeot 604, Renault 18, Rover Sterling etc.
 

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'George Cowley' in the professionals used at least two MKII's - one black and one a metallic wine colour.
And there may have been others.
And speaking of TV cars, I am surprised that SunStar didn't offer their Escort MKIII convertible as used by Glynis Barber in Dempsey and Makepeace.
And while we're at it, Norev could do a right hand drive R107 Mercedes driven by 'Dempsey' in the same show.
I want it known here and now that most of interest in these shows was looking at the cars..... :D
Well remembered. Indeed Cowley's car was a Granada Mark 2 but the more attractive pre-facelift version with black grill and horizontal rear lights. Here's a couple of comparison pictures in 1/43 scale.

https://flic.kr/p/2jCG2bu
https://flic.kr/p/2jCCxM4
 

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Excellent buy, Kitefighter. I have always loved the shape of that generation Granada. It looks like it means business (as in commerce), and business (as in criminal!). I think it’s a very handsome, well proportioned and crisp looking car. I like it a lot. I think the pairing with the Rover is excellent, too - another great looking car. I’m very tempted to buy the Ford. I have an idea for some future pairings that the Ford would be very suited to:)

Thanks for the pics and review!
Thank you for the kind words. MCG have released a more sporting version of this car in white and black. Do please share if you acquire an example.
 

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Thank you for the kind words. MCG have released a more sporting version of this car in white and black. Do please share if you acquire an example.
I will do so.

Interestingly, the Fiat 130 Coupe was said to be an influence on the Granada’s styling. You can see similarities in the proportions, the large surface areas interrupted by a simple crease line, and, of course, the rear and the rear lights.

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I will do so.

Interestingly, the Fiat 130 Coupe was said to be an influence on the Granada’s styling. You can see similarities in the proportions, the large surface areas interrupted by a simple crease line, and, of course, the rear and the rear lights.
Thank you for this! I was racking my brains for the car that brings to mind the first release of the Ford Granada Mk II and those beautiful Pinin Farina lines had to have been the inspiration for Uwe Bahnsen at Ford, (much as the Pinin Farina lines of the Ferrari Daytona inspired David Bache on the Rover SD1). I'm surprised that the Fiat 130 Coupe has yet to be released in 1/18 scale.
 

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For me the older 3.0 'Essex' V6 was a better engine than the 2.8 injection.
Fuel injection was necessary when unleaded and catalytic convertors were becoming a requirement.
That's from someone with motorsport in the blood, who can see that the Essex is the preferred engine for MKIII race Capri's.
The 2.9 was way better when it arrived - but I don't think it ever went into the MKII Granada.
 

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I will do so.

Interestingly, the Fiat 130 Coupe was said to be an influence on the Granada’s styling. You can see similarities in the proportions, the large surface areas interrupted by a simple crease line, and, of course, the rear and the rear lights.
Those Italians sure know how to create beautiful subjects even for a supposedly boring boxy car. 😍 🥰
 
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