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Ford Fairmont Meets El Camino as a Durango

Ford Fairmont Meets El Camino as a Durango

1980 Ford Durango

Photo Courtesy of Consumer Guide

You might think of the Ford Fairmont as one of Ford’s snoozers from the 1970s and 1980s, but there is one model that still can create a little excitement: the Ford Durango. No, this is not the precursor to the bold and beautiful Dodge Durango; rather, it is a close cousin to the Chevy El Camino. The Ford Fairmont Durango was a special edition car/truck like the El Camino and the Ford Ranchero.

The Ford Ranchero

The Ford Ranchero

Ford RancheroMany of the trucks that collectors are interested in are particularly unique in one way or another, and the classic Ford Ranchero would certainly fit this description.

Trucks that were built for work and nothing but work back in the day were typically not especially pleasing to the eye because that wasn’t the point.

Ford RancheroBut at the same time, there were consumers out there who wanted the utility of the truck bed without having a need for something truly heavy-duty. They wanted the ease and comfort that comes with driving a sedan while having the option of hauling things that needed to be hauled in the bed. The answer that Ford came up with to fill this niche was the Ford Ranchero which more or less provided the best of both worlds.