Remember a time when Ford produced an executive car without a ‘Vignale’ badge, and seats that could comfortably double-up as a living room sofa?
This immaculate Ford Granada Scorpio is from exactly that period. A pre-production model from 1991, it was donated by Ford to a technical college in Belfast, where it was used to train aspiring mechanics.
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It visited a number of colleges around County Antrim before being put into storage. It was scheduled to be destroyed – as usual for cars used for training purposes – but a lecturer stepped in and bought the car to save it from the scrapyard.
“When I heard the car was going to be destroyed I just couldn’t let it happen,” explains the car’s owner. “It’s in stunning condition and has barely been used. I planned to keep the car forever, but a change in my circumstances means that, sadly, I have to let it go. I’m hoping another Ford fanatic, like myself, will give the car a good home.”
The Granada has never been registered for road use and has covered just 1,325 miles. Amazingly, considering its life going around technical colleges and being tweaked by students, it looks to be in remarkable as-new condition.
The auctioneers, Classic Car Auctions, say all the electrical items are functioning, and there’s little sign of wear anywhere.
“This car has spent almost all of its life preserved in heated, dry storage and has an unbelievably low mileage for a car that’s 25 years old,” comments Guy-Lees Milne, auctions manager at CCA. “Ford fans and collectors won’t find another pre-production, training car out there in this condition on the market.”
The only downside is the shortage of paperwork to go with the car – don’t expect a folder full of old MOTs and service history. It’s never been used on the road, so it’s never been given an annual check-up.
Ford enthusiasts wanting to give this rare Granada a home will be given the opportunity on Sunday 3 December at Classic Car Auctions’ December sale at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, where it will be offered without reserve.