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What's It Worth? 1979 Ford Fairmont... Worth More Than The Sum Of It's Parts

By the late 1970′s Ford was in need of a compact sedan to replace the aging Ford Maverick. Not that the Ole Reliable Mav was a bad car it was just outdated and outclassed by other cars in its category.

The all new 1978 Fairmont was a clean sheet of paper for Ford. It’s versitile platform known as the “Fox” would be the base for many future Ford models including the 1979-2004 Mustang.

Unlike the ole Mav the Fairmont offered large interior space in a smaller package. The Fairmont would also be the first USA Ford Sedan to have rack and pinion steering.

You could get your Fairmont and it’s sister car the Mercury Zephyr in many body types. Two and four door sedans, a station wagon and a swoopy coupe called the Futura.

Like most late 70′s US car the Fairmont suffered from poor quality control. So bad at one time 60 Minutes did a story on a few Fairmonts that lef