The Ford Fairmont was an rear
wheel drive compact car introduced in 1978 and sold through 1983
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 production.
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?.