The 1975-1980 Ford Granada was a descendant of the 1960s midsize Fords, but the 1981-1982 Granada was based on the same Fox platform as the Mustang, Cougar, and Fairmont. Here's one found in Colorado.
Somewhere, Ricardo Montalban sheds a tear for the distressed state of this land yacht.
Giant, hideous crash bumpers, engines that made 25 horsepower per liter, and velour. Lots of velour. 1973 through 1983, which year was the Malaise nadir?
The full-sized GM sedan shrank a bit in the late 1970s, but it remained a stately box with lots of velour inside and vinyl outside.
A few weeks ago, we bid a fond happy 40th anniversary to the automotive dark ages of 1973-84 that have come to be known as "The Malaise Era" – the performance ice-age when 160 horsepower was a lot and a 0-60 time of under 10 seconds was remarkable. Like music in the 1980s, everything in automobiledom didn't suck, however. There were a few bright spots. Here are five of our favorites:
2013 marks the 50th anniversary of icons like the Corvette Sting Ray and the Porsche 911. If Corvettes and Porsches aren't your thing, it's also the 50th of the Aston Martin DB5 and the 60th of the last great Packard, the Caribbean. Lost in the hoopla, however has been any mention of the fact that it's also the 40th anniversary of the Ford Mustang II, the de facto standard bearer for the automotive dark age that came to be known as "The Malaise Era."