Classic Car Archive Specs, Facts, & History
The Ford Maverick was a compact car manufactured from April 1970 to 1977 in the United States, Venezuela, Canada, Mexico and from 1973 to 1979 in Brazil.
It employed a rear wheel drive platform dating to the original 1960 Falcon. Originally marketed as a two-door sedan at a price of 1,995, the Maverick was designed to be inexpensive to manufacture and maintain.
The Maverick returned unchanged for 1970 and a staggering 451,081 found homes. Buyers had the option of the 105-hp, 170-cid six or the larger 200-cid six-cylinder with 120 hp. Transmission choices were automatic or three-speed.
451,0810 Mavericks were produced in its first year, and this rivaled the record-setting first year of Mustang sales of nearly 619,000, and easily outpaced the Mustang’s sales of fewer than 200,000 in 1970.
In the first half of production for the 1970 model, there were two available engine options, a 170 CI I6 and a 200 CI I6. A 250 CI I6 was added mid-year.
Early 1970 models built from the introduction in April until August 1969 had a few interior features that the later 1970 models built from September, 1969 onward did not. Those early Mavericks featured a two-spoke steering wheel with horn ring that was also found on other 1969 Fords while the cars built in the 1970 model year had a revised steering wheel with no horn ring. Also, the early models featured the ignition switch in the instrument panel while the cars built after September 1, 1969 had the ignition switch mounted on a locking steering column as did all other 1970 Fords in compliance with a new federal safety mandate that took effect with the 1970 model year.
The muscle car themed Grabber trim package was introduced in mid-1970. The package included special graphics and trim, including a spoiler. It was offered from 1970 to 1975.
|Engine||0 to 60 MPH||Quarter Mile||Source|
|170ci||15.1 sec||19.8 @ 67mph||Simulation|
|200ci||13.3 sec||19.3 @ 71 mph||Simulation|
|250ci||11.3 sec||18.3 @ 75mph||Simulation|
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