Pick of the Day: 1970 Ford Maverick, low-mileage compact with V8 power

Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.

Ford is bringing back the Maverick, but it’s not what you’d expect. Instead of unveiling a new revved-up automobile, Ford announced the Maverick nameplate will be applied to a new compact pickup truck.

So to reminisce on what once was, the Pick of the Day is a 1970 Ford Maverick, a first-model-year, low-mileage example of these sporty compacts that were based on the Ford Falcon platform and designed to compete against sport models from Europe and Japan.

“A bit larger than the Mustang, a bit sportier than the Pinto, and snazzier than the Fairlane, this rabble-rouser Maverick is turn key and take off,” says the Morgantown, Pennsylvania, dealer advertising the Maverick on ClassicCars.com.  

This Maverick, which shows just over 32,000 miles on its odometer, is powered by a performance-tweaked 5.0-liter V8 linked to a 5-speed manual transmission with a Hurst shifter.

“Under the hood is an all-buttoned-up Boss 302ci V8,” the dealer says. “This had cast-aluminum ribbed valve coverings and a thin new chromed air cleaner. Underneath this cleaner operation is a 4-barrel carburetor and on the back is a Doug Nash 5-speed manual transmission.”

This Maverick runs just as nice as it looks, according to the dealer, who said it was taken for a test drive on a race track.

Finished in light blue, the Maverisk features a custom bumped hood, egg-crate grille, rounded corner taillights and dual exhaust. The car sits on a classic set of chrome Cragar 5-spoke wheels.

“Window trimmings are all nicely showing off their chromed bling, and gaps are very consistent,” the dealer adds.

Inside sits a split-back bench seat up front and a bench seat in the rear, both upholstered in black textured vinyl.  Below the sporty dashboard sits “an aftermarket AM/FM/8 track player.”  

The asking price for this good-looking Maverick is $35,000.

To view this vehicle on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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