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Pick of the Day: 1979 Ford Fairmont Futura

The first car I remember


After 44 rotations around the sun my earliest memories are still pretty sharp. There are some gaps here and there, specifically my time at the University of Nevada, but I am fortunate that I can reminisce about the early chapters of my life with clarity.

Around the age of 3 or 4 I have some memories, mainly still images of my early days in Oaklawn, Illinois but an overnight road trip with my family to Tennessee to see my grandparents is fairly clear. Mainly I remember our blue Ford Fairmont and a Christopher Cross 8-track on repeat, what kid wouldn’t forget an album cover with a pink flamingo? I now have “Sailing” stuck in my head.

The Pick of the Day is a 1979 Ford Fairmont Futura (click on the link to see the ad) being advertised for sale on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in La Verne, California.

“It’s original in-dash 8 track tape is still there,” the listing states. “California blue plate car with no rust and showing only 86,000+/- miles. Recent fluid change, AC restored, new tires and styling that says now this Futura is a sleeper ready to go.”

Finished in brown with a tan vinyl top and rear opera windows the exterior looks to have worn its years well. The interior is a time capsule with tan vinyl seats that feature plaid inlays, and numerous ashtray options for the driver and passengers.

The vehicle description notes, “As the original Ford ad says, “The future isn’t someday it’s now, now, now!” But for me a late-70s Ford Fairmont will always bring back some good memories, and despite what the ad copy says, I don’t think of the future when I see a Fairmont.

Quite the opposite; I’m riding shotgun and going to first grade at Madrone Elementary School. Or maybe we’re going grocery shopping at A&B. (Please keep in mind that child safety laws have made great strides since 1984 and I don’t remember if they had protective seats for kids during my youth.)

Eventually that car was traded in, with high mileage and probably some rust damage from being in Chicago before we moved to California, and I can’t remember what replaced it. My dad still regrets that choice, I guess he has some fond memories too. 

1979 Ford Fairmont Futura

For $17,900 you can own this 1979 Ford Fairmont. A part of me would love to have it, but I want to keep those cherished memories intact without any outside influence.  Though if it came with a Christopher Cross 8-track tape…

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

David P. Castro
David P. Castro
David P. Castro is one of our lead writers. The Santa Rosa, California native is an experienced automotive and motorsports writer with a passion for American muscle cars. He is a credentialed automotive, NASCAR, and IndyCar reporter that graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno. A devoted F1 and NASCAR fan, he currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife, son, Siberian Husky, Mini Cooper, and 1977 Chevrolet C10.


  1. I had a 1980 four-door with a 200 six and automatic. I drove it for 140,000 trouble free miles then I sold it to my brother and he and his wife drove it another trouble free 150,00 miles.
    I have had many cars/trucks over the years and that Fairmont was the best of all of them!

  2. I was active duty when these came out. The Mercury Zephyr, same. For the time, a good effort to save gas & make room. Tinny, cheap interior materials, shabby 2nd rate handling. But, with a built 400ci stroker 351SB, race PowerGlide 2spd auto and B&M 9 1/2 inch converter & 5.13 spool 9inch, a box like this could run 11.27 on ten inch slicks. Been there. Tinny can be quick.

  3. I love that distinct “B” pillar roof line similar to the T-bird. One of the nicest looking cars of the era!
    Great car, dependable and nearly indestructible.
    FUTURA about it???? It is far more aero for the time than the boxy GM cars such as Malibu.

  4. Probably one of the ugliest cars Ford ever built, followed closely by the Mercury Zephyr, during an era of uninspiring American cars from the Big 3.


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