The Ford Fairmont was an
rear wheel drive compact car introduced in 1978 and sold through
1983 in North America.
As the first vehicle
built off the Ford Fox platform, the 1978 Ford Fairmont replaced
the Ford Maverick. This platform would serve as the foundation for
several other models such as the Thunderbird, the 1981-82 American
Ford Granada and the 1979-2004 Mustang.
Three body styles were
introduced with the release of the Fairmont--coupe, sedan, and
wagon. The 1978 Fairmont set the record for production of a new
model, defeating the record that was previously held by the 1965
Mustang, making it quite the rousing success for Ford. The Fairmont
was an efficient combination of passenger room and cargo space for
its size, garnering praise in the automotive media and drawing
comparisions with competing Volvo and BMW models.
At its introduction, the
Fairmont was equipped with two headlights, though this was later
remedied in 1981 where the number was upped to four. A variety of
engines were available, including a 2.3 L four-cylinder, 3.3 L (200
cu in) six, and 255 cu in and 302 cu in V8s. A turbocharged
four-cylinder version was planned for 1980 but never made it to
Coming in a range of
prototypical colors, these vehicles will look right at home parked
in front of our garage kits, out on the streets of your layout, or,
for layouts based in late 1977 or 1978, as loads on open auto
These models are
officially licensed by the Ford Motor Company?.