In a strange coincidence, we got a handful of tips for some nice Fox body cars from various tippers this weekend, so I’m feeling it’s time for a Foxy Friday Feature…oh…wait…it is Monday. Foxy Monday works too. What does that mean? You won’t see any El Caminos on the pages of Daily Turismo today, unless they are on a Fox Body Platform which from 1977 through 1993 had a MacPherson strut up front and live stick-beam axle out back and was the home of Ford’s Fairmont, Durango, Granada, LTD, Mustang, Thunderbird, and Mercury’s Zephyr, Cougar, Marquis, Capri, and Lincoln’s Continental, Mark VII. This first feature of our Foxy Monday is a Fairmont which was the first Ford vehicle to sit on the unibody Fox platform and this version is the sweet Futura version that had a bizarrely large wrap-over B-Pillar that was reminiscent of the similar vintage Thunderbird but without opera windows. Strange times for automotive design, but I think it looks cool today. Find this 1979 Ford Fairmont Futura offered for $8000 in Fontana, CA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
It is still two months away from election day and I’m thoroughly nauseated by political news. However, with all the divisiveness in this world, I think we can all agree that this next Ford Fairmont is a thing of beauty. It doesn’t matter if you are a knife toting member of proud boys or a galvanized chain wielding member of antifa — you are gonna smile when you pop the hood and see the Ford fuel injected V8 and a hood propped up by a piece of schedule-40 black iron pipe…hey…that pipe could be used to smack somebody in a pinch. Not that you would want to, or need to do that…just forget I mentioned it, and be nice to each other. Find this 1978 Ford Fairmont offered for $3,900 in Omaha, NE via craigslist.
A stock 80s Ford Fairmont 2-door won’t get your blood pumping even in the sweet fastback-ish Futura trim (similar to a Mercury Zephyr Z-7…if that helps). Even the healthiest 5-liter V8 version only pushed 139 horsepower at a leisurely 3600 rpm…but that’s nothing that a crate motor swap won’t fix. Find this 1981 Ford Fairmont Futura […]
Seeing that no automakers currently produce a car based ute in the US, interest in older El Caminos and Rancheros is stronger than ever. A cottage industry has even sprung up selling car to truck conversion kits for Dodge Chargers and various VW cars. The Ford Durango ute was not an official Ford vehicle, but some […]
Cars costing five grand are the life blood of DT. It is a dicey price point that can lead to any number of potential outcomes: a slightly better than beater, money pit, the nickel and dimer, or the diamond in the rough . Craigslist searching skills, hard negotiating, and knowledge of a marque all go […]
The Ford Fairmont (and its badge engineered Mercury Zephyr cousin) was a Fox-body based large compact (or small mid-sized) sedan that superseded the Maverick in 1978 and survived until it was replaced with the ill-timed Tempo in 1984. A used Fairmont won’t get you front row parking at the valet, but it does a nice […]
by Kevin — First off, just look at this thing. What are those, 12 inch wheels? Ask any first-grader to draw a car and they will give you something more exciting than this. It’s so boring, it couldn’t entertain a thought. It’s fitting that such a sad looking car would also have a sad little […]
The Ford Fairmont (and its badge engineered cousin, the Mercury Zephyr) was a Fox-body based large compact (or small mid-sized) sedan that superseded the Maverick in 1978 and survived until it was replaced with the terminally terrible Tempo in 1984. The Fairmont isn’t something you’d expect rich guys to buy under the air conditioned tents […]
The term sleeper gets thrown around casually in automotive circles. Some folks might call the Samurai powered Morris from earlier this week a sleeper because it has double the stock power of an original version, but it is still slower than a Prius with a fully charged battery and it looks like a hot rodded […]
Sometimes a tip comes with enough commentary from the sender to compose an entire post…so today’s feature is written by tipper Andy L. In his words: I am sending you this car because it is both rare and yet the most completely average car I think I have ever seen. If you asked an eight-year-old […]