Ford logo means not an '81It might sound like damning with faint praise, but this iteration of the Granada was the best. (An ESS model would be icing on the cake.) Why the best? Easy.
Fox body. Yes, it is more Fairmont than Mustang GT. It is also more Fairmont than 1962 Fiord Falcon, which was the basic bones for the Maverick which begat the original Granada.
Thus, no rear leaf springs. Instead, modern inventions like rack and pinion steering. Plus, as a fox body, you could basically just swap out the front clip (including engine) with a Mustang GT.