First Fox Body: 1979 Ford Fairmont 24K Original Mile Survivor – SOLD!

Jan 2020 | Classifinds, Malaise Monday

September 2020 Update – We’re busy updating our database accurately reflect the status of every car we’ve featured since starting  This Ford Fairmont we first featured earlier this year has since sold.

January 6th Update:  We just noticed a fresh listing for this Ford Fairmont two-door with only 24K original miles we first featured on December 2nd.  In addition to the fresh post, the seller lowered his price $700 to $4,800 so he’s having trouble finding the right buyer itching to do an LS swap.  Good Luck with the purchase!

Ford’s Mustang produced from 1979 through 1993 are often referred to as “Fox Bodies” due to the platform they are based on.  However the public’s first offering on Ford’s new platform was the Ford Fairmont such as the 1979 example currently listed recently on Craigslist in Ronkonkoma, New York (Long Island) is this 24K original mile, red over red, two-door sedan the current caretaker has listed for $5,500. While the NADA Guides Online Valuation Tool current lists the “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of these cars at only $500, $1,025, and $1,350, respectively, we’ll explain why this seller will likely get close to the premium he’s asking for below.

In the late seventies, as Ford prepared for its transition to smaller, front-wheel-drive compacts, it also developed the relatively lightweight and simple rear-wheel-drive Fox Platform to replace several derivatives of the Ford Falcon architecture dating from 1960. For 1978, Ford introduced the new platform on Fairmont and  Mercury Zephyr to replace the aging Maverick/Comet twins. One model year later, a completely redesigned Mustang adopted the platform, while in the next few model years after that, Ford’s downsized versions of their rear-wheel-drive cars (think Ford LTD, Lincoln Mark VII, etc.) also adopted the architecture.

While the wide-open engine bay and rear-wheel-drive platform might have you thinking Fairmonts are popular for Ford small block conversions, in an ironic twist of fate, these cars are credited with starting the Chevy LS motor swap craze.  Why do you ask?  Cheap and light:  with a curb weight of fewer than 300 pounds, simple mechanicals, and ample supply for less than $1,000 they are the modern hot rodder’s dream for the ultimate sleeper.  Unfortunately, as word quickly spread, prices of these once forgotten and disposable compacts have started to rise.  So, we’re not surprised the current caretaker is trying to capitalize on the newfound popularity.  As someone who took their Driver’s Ed class stuffed into a non-air-conditioned four-door Fairmont with four other classmates and an instructor nicknamed “Sarge” one summer, I’d love nothing more than to see a V8 replace the anemic straight-six.  However, the charm of this example being an unmolested patina’d original has me torn.  Whichever path you choose to take with this Fairmont, Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1979 ford fairmont 24,000 original miles unmolested car. six cylinder/3 speed auto.
Runs/drives/stops good. New battery, new wheels and tires. Starts up right away,all lights work, heat works very well. Paint isnt great but still gets compliments everywhere i go.
Good commuter/first car, i would drive this car everyday if i needed to.

Do you have a Fox Body Fairmont or Zephyr story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!


  1. Anonymous

    Wrong ! First was the 1978 Fairmont.

    • Guys with Rides

      Sorry, we’re not wrong. I think if you reread our full description, you’ll agree we correctly reference that fact in the body of the description. Us calling this car “First Fox Body” is a reference to the fact its part of the first generation of the platform and not ’79 being the first model year.


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