Friday, December 20, 2013

5k: Fairmontchero: 1981 Ford Durango

The Ford Durango was a coach built continuation of a Ranchero style pickup for the Fox platform.  It was converted to El Camino configuration by National Coach Corporation in Los Angeles and started life as a Fairmont Futura coupe.  The Durango is one of a few pickups to incorporate the tail lights and license plate into the tailgate - making it illegal to drive around with the tailgate down.  Find this 1981 Ford Durango for sale in  Akron, OH currently bidding on ebay for $4,235 reserve-not-met with a 2 days to go.

This Durango features a sun faded paint job, but is offered as an original un-restored vehicle -- a much preferred configuration to an amateur restoration.  The current seller says he purchased it for a work/hobby truck and it looks like a great fit for light parts hauling duties.

The engine is a 3.3 liter Thriftpower inline-6, good for about 100 horsepower and mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission, both have been rebuilt at least once according to the seller.

Ford only made a handful (200ish) of these Durangos, and we take notice when they appear because the rarity to price ratio is great.

 See a cooler Foxamino?


  1. ~ an acquaintance in StLouis area tells me he has this car's twin in his barn. it seems to be a nice size.

  2. It would be interesting to see how these were made.

  3. It took me a few re-reads to figure out this wasn't some clever title. Ford actually had a Durango. Wow, you know your new car model failed miserably when another car company took that name and nobody was confused.

    1. Chevy used the Durango name also before Dodge did. It was an early sub model of the S-10 pickup.


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