1981 Ford Fairmont

The 1981 Ford Fairmont came powered with an overhead cam four-cylinder engine displacing 140 cubic-inches and offering nearly 90 horsepower. A six-cylinder, 3.3-liter engine was amiable, also offering nearly 90 horsepower. An overhead valve V8 displaced 4.2 liters and had 115 horsepower. Both the 4.2-liter V8 and the 3.3-liter six now had a viscous-clutch fan drive. The turbocharged four was no longer offered, nor was the four-speed manual gearbox on the six.

The Fairmont featured a new grille that had a crosshatch pattern and two horizontal dividers which split it into three rows. The Futura wagon and four-door sedan had quad rectangular headlamps and a unique grille. They also were given an upgraded interior and additional trim on the body.

Bodystyles included a 2- and 4-door sedan, and a station wagon. New standard equipment included bucket seats, deluxe sound package, dual-note horn, visor vanity mirror, rear seat ashtray, glovebox lock, bright window frames, and disc brakes in the front. Options gained a console with diagnostic warning lights and a digital clock. A Traction-Lock rear axle on V8-engined cars, lighted visor vanity mirror, and illuminated entry system could also be purchased for an additional cost.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2015

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1981 Fairmont
$6,620-$162,550
1981 Ford Fairmont Price Range: $5,700 - $6,620

$6,170 - $6,730

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Ford
1986Chevrolet (1,368,837)Renault (1,305,191)Ford (1,253,525)1,253,525
1985Chevrolet (1,418,098)Renault (1,322,887)Oldsmobile (1,192,549)1,149,427
1984Chevrolet (1,655,151)Renault (1,429,138)Ford (1,180,708)1,180,708
1983Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,175,200)Toyota (1,068,321)783,225
1982Renault (1,491,853)Chevrolet (1,297,357)Toyota (1,068,321)950,301
1981Chevrolet (1,673,093)Renault (1,295,713)Toyota (1,068,321)950,301
1980Chevrolet (2,288,745)Renault (1,492,339)Ford (1,162,275)1,162,275
1979Chevrolet (2,284,749)Ford (1,835,937)Renault (1,405,330)1,835,937
1978Chevrolet (2,375,436)Ford (1,923,655)Renault (1,240,941)1,923,655
1977Chevrolet (2,543,153)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,840,427)1,840,427
1976Chevrolet (2,103,862)Toyota (1,884,260)Ford (1,861,537)1,861,537

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