Ford Fairmont

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The Ford Fairmont is a compact car, produced by Ford Motor Company for the North American market. Introduced for the 1978 model year, the Fairmont was produced in several versions until 1983 when it was replaced by the 1984 Ford Tempo. The Fairmont was the successor to the Maverick; its Mercury counterpart was the Mercury Zephyr, which replaced the Comet.

The 1978 Ford Fairmont was the first vehicle built on the long-running Ford Fox platform, which was introduced for a wide variety of later models. Those most closely related to the Fairmont included the 1980-1982 Ford Thunderbird, the 1981-1982 North American Ford Granada, the 1979-1993 Ford Mustang (and 1979-1986 Mercury Capri), and the 1982-1987 Lincoln Continental.


2-door and 4-door sedan, and 5-door wagon bodies appeared at introduction, joined slightly later by a specialty coupe with a different roofline known as the Futura, a name which first appeared in the Ford Falcon line 17 years before. The Fairmont Futura featured an unusual two-piece vinyl roof with an upswept central roof band, borrowed from the larger Ford Thunderbird of the same time period, originally inspired by the 1955 Ford Crown Victoria. The Fairmont was a stunning success for Ford, and the 1978 model set the record for production of a new model, eclipsing the record held by the 1965 Mustang. While it retained a conventional rear-wheel drive platform, the Fairmont was efficiently packaged and offered excellent passenger and cargo room for...
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