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.
With the introduction of the Pinto and the larger Mustang in 1971, the role of economy car was taken and the role of small & sporty was open. The Maverick gained a V8 and Ford began to promote it more and more as a performance car.
In 1974, the Maverick was unchanged except for rear federal bumpers and larger trunk with a higher deck. Jumping gas prices and increasing demand for smaller cars resulting from the Arab Oil embargo did cause the Maverick to grow in popularity, selling 10,000 more units than the year before.
Save for the new rear bumper mentioned above, the deletion of the rear spoiler and a trim shuffle, ’74 was a carryover year for the Maverick Grabber Package. Disc brakes were finally made available, using Mustang II parts.
Other changes included, the Grabber stripe changes again, radial tires become an option, AM/FM 4-speaker system becomes an option, tail light panel applique becomes optional,
Dome light changed, now includes map lights, Day/Night Rearview mirror available,
Light Group becomes an option,
In the engine compartment the 250-6 drops to 91 hp (from 98), and the 302-V8 rises back to 140 hp (from 138).
This big sales increase (mostly due to 4-door sales) was because of the fuel crisis. The increase prompted Ford to continue the Maverick/Comet line, which had been scheduled to be killed off at the end of the model year.
|Engine||0 to 60 MPH||Quarter Mile||Source|
|250ci||11.6 sec||18.6 @ 72mph||Simulation|
|302ci||8.4 sec||16.4 @82mph||Simulation|
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