The Fairmont was the Fox platform-based cheap midsize Ford that replaced the Maverick, and nobody ever paid much attention to the Fairmont sedans. However, the sporty coupe version of the Fairmont— the Futura— had a certain style, much like Mercury Zephyr Coupe, and so I decided this ’80 was worth photographing when I spotted it in a San Francisco Bay Area wrecking yard a few months ago.
There’s a little bit of ‘bird in every Futura!
The result of computer modeling!
Buy smart— it makes you look good.
The Fox platform was fairly advanced for Malaise Era Detroit, and these cars weren’t bad to drive.
The 200-cubic-inch (aka 3.3 liter) straight-six wasn’t the engine of choice for dragstrip domination, but it was reliable.
The horn button was pretty classy.
The psychedelic City of Hope sticker is a nice touch.