1970 Ford Fairmont XW – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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XW Fairmont interior dash XW Fairmont interior dash
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Highly original XW Fairmont survivor: 89,000 miles, reportedly a one-owner car

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The Ford Fairmont in its day was the go-to choice for the Ford fan who was after a capable family car that also blended healthy doses of luxury and performance; and when the XW landed in 1969, it was the best one yet.

The upmarket Fairmont’s standard engine was the larger 3.6lt inline-six mated to the Ford-O-matic three-speed. V8 Fairmonts were officially available with the 4.9lt motor, however more than a few examples circumvented the official ordering system and were produced with special order 351s, before they were made more widely available in the XY.


The XW boasted improved NVH thanks to generous insulation and sound deadening, whilst the Fairmont gained individual front bucket seats as standard.

Genuine and original Fairmonts are somewhat unusual these days as many fell victim to the ‘GT Replica’ treatment over the years. This one on the market, however, is described as a "barn find" and one owner car.


The Grecian Gold example bears its numbers-correct 3.6lt six-cylinder and Ford-O-matic gearbox, and wears and older external respray which is still said to present very well, although with minor imperfections on the boot lid and a small dent low on passenger side door.

Original paint and stickers are observed in the engine bay, door jambs and boot, while factory saddle trim interior is original too. The odometer shows 89,006 miles although the original log books are not currently present (listing indicates that the elderly owner is looking for them).


The vehicle is said to run well with all original panels, ball joints etc in place with no signs of ever being dismantled.

The factory optioned Superfringe radio is operational, and the car remains on full NSW registration until December 2020. Original owner’s manual and a large file of older registration paperwork accompany the car.


The XW Fairmont is based in New South Wales and is listed for $44,950.

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