Junkyard Find: Guess the Ghia!

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find guess the ghia

Carrozzeria Ghia and Ford go way back, with the Ghia name getting slapped on everything from the Fiesta to the Barchetta. A few days back, I snapped this photograph in a Denver junkyard. What sort of car do you think we’re looking at here?

What else could it be but a Granada? And not the effete European Granada; this is the type of Granada that taught me everything I needed to know about the Malaise Era.

Such luxury! It’s too bad that Ford never made a Cartier Continental Ghia.

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  • FuzzyPlushroom FuzzyPlushroom on Oct 01, 2011

    I didn't recognise the badge, but I knew from the sun-striated vinyl and vague memory of '70s trim levels that it had to be a Granada. Seeing Murilee's nom de plume may have influenced my mindset, of course.

  • Andy D Andy D on Oct 01, 2011

    Was gonna inflict #1 son with a Fairmont for a first car.. But it was just too far gone. I had a free Granada in the wings for a spare, but never needed it. Every so often, I will see one in my travels. If kept up, they look pretty spiffy. I often lusted for the 80s LTD/ Marquis. De smogged now, they prolly run fairly sweet. Good explanation about using old standard parts to keep costs down. Spot on. But they weren't supposed to last. They fulfilled their mission well. Chrysler pretty much did the same with the Dart.. Diplomat devolution. Come to think of it, My Fords were that same brown as the pic.

  • SCE to AUX I charge at home 99% of the time, on a Level 2 charger I installed myself in 2012 for my Leaf. My house is 1967, 150-Amp service, gas dryer and furnace; everything else is electric with no problems. I switched from gas HW to electric HW last year, when my 18-year-old tank finally failed.I charge at a for-pay station maybe a couple times a year.I don't travel more than an hour each way in my Ioniq 1 EV, so I don't deal much with public chargers. Despite a big electric rate increase this year, my car remains ridiculously cheap to operate.
  • ToolGuy 38:25 to 45:40 -- Let's all wait around for the stupid ugly helicopter. 😉The wheels and tires are cool, as in a) carbon fiber is a structural element not decoration and b) they have some sidewall.Also like the automatic fuel adjustment (gasoline vs. ethanol).(Anyone know why it's more powerful on E85? Huh? Huh?)
  • Ja-GTI So, seems like you have to own a house before you can own a BEV.
  • Kwik_Shift Good thing for fossil fuels to keep the EVs going.
  • Carlson Fan Meh, never cared for this car because I was never a big fan of the Gen 1 Camaro. The Gen 1 Firebird looked better inside and out and you could get it with the 400.The Gen 2 for my eyes was peak Camaro as far as styling w/those sexy split bumpers! They should have modeled the 6th Gen after that.