Fair(Mont) Pickup: 1982 Ford Durango

1982 Ford Durango

This factory-blessed converted Ford Fairmont is a rare take on the whole Ranchero/El Camino concept. Located in Turlock, California and offered here on eBay at an opening bid of $6,500 with no reserve, this is a very unusual Ford. Somewhere around 200 Durangos were produced by the National Coach Corporation in 1981 and 1982; no one knows exactly how many. This one is almost rust free and is claimed to be a California vehicle for its entire life. The air conditioning works (yay, one that doesn’t need a charge!) and it has less than 90,000 original miles. The interior is a very period plaid that has some tears. I have only seen one of these in person and it looked better than it does in pictures. If you ended up with it, would you use it as a pickup, or just treat it as a toy?

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Comments

  1. Mike d

    None of the ” pick-ups” that they made were really made for any serious hauling ( El Camino, Ranchero) other than what you may put in a station wagon.. I think most were treated as pick ups this would be an attention getter . the seller thinks it is a repaint, I would tend to agree. I would ” gently use” it and maybe add my own ” custom” touches though nothing too radical and maybe switch out it’s engine for something more reliable ( not for speed) and get prepared for the onslaught of questions

  2. jim s

    very interesting car/pickup but having all the tail lights in the tailgate seem like a mistake. i might switch out the auto for a manual trans. still make a nice driver. interesting to see where the bids stop. great find

  3. Kenzo

    I had an 70’s ranchero. Then later 2 VW rabbit pickups. they were great little hauling vehicles. A few sheets of plywood/drywall or other stuff. If it was at a lower price I would consider it. Even living in the pacific northwest the drive is not that far for a bit of a time off interesting vehicle search. $6500 probably more that what it is worth. 3 to 4000 I would do a good look over. but not 6+

  4. Howard A Member

    I like it too. I’ve never been a fan of these Ford’s, but do like the car/pickup concept. This looks very well done, and I was surprised it even had a tailgate. While the Ford in-line 6 was just a dynamite motor, this poor thing is so choked off with early 80’s smog-equipment, I’m surprised if it would idle at all. Pretty rare car, but not all that groundbreaking, which is ok.

  5. john e.

    Sorry, it looks very ugly to me. The only Fords I ever liked were the 74 Mach 1 and their 46 Woodies. A Ford GT racer isn’t to bad either.

  6. RockabillyJay

    I drove a 79 Ford Fairmount wagon in high school..great for hauling BMX bikes! I kind of like this thing. If it was cheaper I’d grab it, throw same Cragars on it and drive the wheels off it.

  7. Jason

    Fugliest thing I’ve seen in a while.

    P.S.

    “Fewer than 200” ≠ “1 of a kind”

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