Originally Posted by P'cisT
I agree that black backing looks better than the chrome as well. The way they structured it is a bit odd.
From what I have read the thinking was:
Futura/Fairmont = Luxury
You'll notice they have the same headlight treatment and both sport a bit of chrome.
XR/Fairmont Ghia = Sport
The XT was the bonus in the program, because they didnt want it to look like a poor mans Futura, but rather something special on it's own, so it was given the XT name and black treatment on the headlights, to suggest a DNA link to the XR range. Wether people have picked up on that subtle link is open to question, but I did read it in some Ford gumph I found on the web. Sales reps/Dads family XR I guess was the thinking.
Of all the models I think the base car benefited the most when Ford released the BA range. I guess I should be glad since the XR8 I own is built up from the XT specs. Just wish I had a rear arm rest!