This car was owned by an 85-year old man who bought it new. Wait, he’s not 122 years old now, he was 48 years old when he bought it new in 1980! Whew.. It’s a 1980 Ford Fairmont and it’s on Craigslist with an asking price of $3,000. This car is in Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania, and thanks to Pat L for sending in this one!
Are you looking at me? Don’t give me that sideways glance, you, you.. 1980 Fairmont! It’s funny how a person’s birth year can play a huge role in the vehicles that they like. If you grew up with vehicles from a certain era, it stands to reason that you will typically gravitate towards those vehicles. For folks who grew up in the late-70s and early-80s, and maybe got their driver’s licenses at that time, they remember cars like this 1980 Fairmont and maybe now they have some extra income and want to start a small collection of inexpensive cars that they grew up with. Whereas, folks from an earlier generation may hate these cars and think that they’re a big waste of time. That’s like saying that anyone who prefers a certain temperature or a certain type of food is wrong. It makes no sense to me when someone rallies against something so subjective, especially a car! We’re all car guys and gals, we’re supposed to like everything, aren’t we? If they burn dead-dinosaur-juice, and even when they sometimes use another method of propulsion, all vehicles are important to someone.
Soapbox dismounted; back to this love-it-or-hate-it Fairmont! The seller says that “cash talks” so if a person were in the market for a car like this, that’s a good thing, instant discount, ala-tv-reality-show-wad-of-$20-bills. You can see some of the small rust spots that the seller talks about, but this is most likely just a driver, it’ll never be restored so just keep those spots in check and enjoy this one as much as you can. NADA lists the value of a 1980 Ford Fairmont 2-door as being $1,620 on the high end, so you’ll want to haggle on this one.
It’s unfortunate that the seller mentions a rip in the driver’s side of the front seat, but that’s the only area of the seating compartment that they don’t show. The back seat looks like new as does the headliner. A 4-speed manual would have been a bit more fun here, but this is an automatic.
The engine looks like it could have a mere 38,000 miles on it, doesn’t it? It’s nice and tidy and pretty clean. Although, have the hood stops been painted light blue? The seller says that it’s a “6cyl 200 auto with power steering. new tires, runs good.” It’s more specifically Ford’s 200 cubic-inch inline-six with around 90 hp. What are your thoughts on this 1980 Ford Fairmont 2-door sedan?