Re the above comment, anyone who told you that you could get $5000 for a '79 Fairmont was either pulling your leg or is completely misinformed as to the value of cars. You would have difficulty getting $5000 for even a mint condition '79 Fairmont with only 10 miles on it.
Your car is not a collectors item and will not be for many more years yet. If the body is in poor shape it has no more value than whatever it is worth for transportation.
I just purchased a beautiful, rust-free 1979 Fairmont 4 door. 40,100 original, documented miles. The original owner passed away, and I was a neighbor. I remember the car from my childhood. I know he only drove it around town a couple of days a week. Garage kept the whole time. Never saw a drop of rain or snow. I replaced all of the fluids, battery & a minor steering coupling. She has a minor oil leak, but, I'll fix that in the near future. I will also fix the air. It still has beautiful glossy green paint & a 'chamois' vinyl top & matching interior. All original & spotless. I can't wait to detail it and cruise. While many don't consider this a classic, it will always be one in my eyes, and, for $250, it was a can't miss purchase. I am looking for others who may be interested in starting a group for Fairmonts/Zephers. If interested, email me at email@example.com. Thanks.
I purchased a '79 XC Ford Fairmont 5 months ago and it is in mint condition. It cost me 10,000 New Zealand dollars, and I was offered 15,000, which I declined as I love the car.
I agree that at this point in time they are not as sought after as the XY and other earlier models, but if you have a spotless 77 78 79 XC Fairmont, look after it, because the day will come when they will fetch big money, just as the earlier model Falcons and Fairlanes are doing now. But more importantly, enjoy your ride.
Regards Malcolm Pitman, NZ.
P.s. mine is a 302 V8 Cleveland
Somehow I get the feeling that the '79 Ford Fairmont 4-door we know in the U.S. is not the same '79 Ford Fairmont available in Australia or New Zealand. The boxy Mercury Monarch lookalike Fairmont was just a drive-around car, and was never meant to be anything more special than transportation. I don't mean to rain on anybody, and I support the people who have found ones in good condition for cheap money -- way to go! But collectible? No way. On the other hand, maybe they were actually offered as a muscle car by Ford in Australia. Just like the Charger in Australia was a totally different car than it was in the U.S.