The Ford Maverick was a replacement for the outgoing Ford Falcon and used parts bin Ford (mostly Mustang) parts to offer a basic driving experience. While the world (and the Mustang) changed a lot from 1970 to 1977, the Maverick was offered in the same basic package -- a front engine rear-drive 2+2 with a budget price tag. Not much has changed since, gas is still expensive and the Maverick is still a bargain. Find this 1972 Ford Maverick here on eBay currently bidding for $5,200 reserve-not-met with 4 days to go, located in Phoenix, AZ.
The Maverick was available with a V8 up front and sold extremely well when it was introduced in 1970 -- 579,000 examples were sold, which almost matched the 64/5 Mustang sales of 619,000. The Maverick was offered for less than $2,000 when new and offered a considerable step up on style and performance compared to the sub $2k offerings of the day, such as the VW Beetle
This car is equipped with the desireable Grabber package, which added a graphics package, a rear spoiler and a special dual domed hood with scoops. Under that special hood is the most powerful engine availble for the Maverick in 1972 - a 302 cubic inch V8 rated at 210 horsepower.
The interior looks in decent shape, although it is dirty and the seller admits that it needs a new headliner sometime in the near future.
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