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Lot No. 108 - 1976 Ford Granada Coupe 3000 XL

Sold for: £7,040

Rare, manual gearbox, right-hand drive, 3-litre Coupe which spent most of its life in South Africa.
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  • Very rare 3.0-litre XL Coupe, a model which was never available in the UK. UK-reg 01/05/2014
  • In its original colours of Sunkist Yellow (SA) with a brown Everflex roof
  • Standard brown interior. Original and in good condition apart from one split in the driver's seat
  • 88,581km (55,363miles) indicated almost totally with its one long term owner (SJ Wiggett) in SA
  • Chrome is dinged but some spares and two spare bumpers in the car
  • Six stamps in the service book, most recent at 83,033km on 02/08/2011
  • Owner's manual and two monthly logbooks listing every journey from new to 1988
  • Appears sound. Good project. Currently non-runner

NB. On offer from a private collection, this vehicle has not been used for some time. It is a non-runner and is strictly sold as seen.

The early (1972–73) Granada 2-door, fastback coupé had slightly different sheet metal - a more pronounced coke bottle styling, however, in 1974, it was redesigned with straighter lines.  The revised “straight-line rear wing” coupé was sold only in 3.0 Ghia trim in the UK, but elsewhere it was offered in the usual range of trims and this example is a right-hand drive, manual gearbox car factory built for South Africa and ordered as a 3000XL. It's finished in 'Sunkist Yellow' (that's Ford's spelling for the SA market) with a Brown 'Everflex' roof and, what we used to call, a Donkey Brown interior. The bodywork appears solid although a lot of the chrome has been dinged but there are two replacement bumpers and some other chrome parts with the car. The interior appears original and in decent condition apart from a split seam (not a tear) in the driver's seat.

The owner's manual is with the car as are the service records which contain six stamps with the most recent at 83,033km on 02/08/2011. The car's first owner was a Mr SJ Wigget who appears to have kept it until it was sold in the UK around 2011/12. He was unusually diligent judging by the two Mobil logbooks in which he listed mileages, journeys etc for over 11 years. Owners often keep decent records when they buy a new car but, inevitably, their enthusiasm fades quite quickly, however, Mr Wiggett kept up the entries from new until eleven years later.

The bodywork looks sound apart from a couple of small areas and the Granada still has its 'Dustbin lid'-style wheel trims. It may not be financially viable to change the car's colour but if you can live with the 'free-range egg yolk' hue and can sort the chrome out, with a bit of detailing this rare 3000XL Coupé would be welcome at any Granada Owner's Club event.

 

Year of manufacture:
1976
Make:
Ford
Chassis number:
RM14075
# of cylinders:
6
Transmission:
Automatic
Engine capacity:
3.0
Body colour:
Yellow
LHD/RHD:
Right-hand Drive
Registration number:
OBA 246P
Model:
Granada Coupe
Engine number:
30GGD1926M

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