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The Shitty Cars of Englewood Redux #1: 1978 Ford Fairmont wagon

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One popular feature here at South Stands Denver once was the Shitty Cars of Englewood where I photographed and profiled automotive terribleness that I spotted in the vicinity of the old Sportique Studios on South Broadway near Quincy street. I researched the history of the cars, found old brochure photos and interspersed information about the vehicles with details of their present conditions. It was fun.

 

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One popular feature here at South Stands Denver once was the Shitty Cars of Englewood where I photographed and profiled automotive terribleness that I spotted in the vicinity of the old Sportique Studios on South Broadway near Quincy street. I researched the history of the cars, found old brochure photos and interspersed information about the vehicles with details of their present conditions. It was fun.

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The Sportique Studios have been moved into the shadow of downtown Denver. I, however, do still live in Englewood amongst the shitty cars so it’s not a burden to bring back the Shitty Cars of Englewood as a regular feature. Since folks have asked me recently why I stopped doing SCOE I thought now would be a good time to bring it back.

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Today I am profiling this all-original, totally unmolested 1978 Ford Fairmont wagon which I am told belongs to a woman in her 90s. The Fairmont has air in the tires and current plates but appears never to move. I have seen the car dozens of times but have no indication that it is ever driven. It just sits there fading in the Englewood sun.

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Here’s a block of text clipped from Wikipedia about this Shitty Car: “The Ford Fairmont is a compact car which was produced by Ford for the North American market in the 1978 to 1983 model years. Introduced as the successor to the Ford Maverick, the Fairmont was also sold by Lincoln-Mercury dealers as the Mercury Zephyr, replacing the Mercury Comet. The Fairmont and Zephyr were sold as two-door notchback sedans, two-door coupes, four-door sedans, and five-door station wagons. The Fairmont and Zephyr marked the introduction of the long-running Ford Fox platform, used for a wide variety of later models.”

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The Fairmont’s brown paint is streaked and faded. It’s vinyl dashboard is full of deep cracks and its yellowish cloth interior is threadbare of tearing into ribbons. Still, the car is in very nice condition for its age. It’s virtually rust-free and straight as a damn arrow. Whomever owns the Fairmont he or she has taken very good care of it through the decades.

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Where has this car gone? How many family vacations has it been on? Has hot sex been had in its spacious cargo area? Brown Fairmonts don’t tell tales.

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Welcome back, shitty cars of Englewood.

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