1970 Ford Maverick: East Coaster Today
We spotted Alan Vaniderstine’s immaculate 1970 Ford Maverick at the Brackley Street Machine and Hot Rod Car Show on Prince Edward Island back in September.
Ford introduced the Maverick on April 19, 1969 as a 1970 model. Its mission was to stave off sales of newly introduced imports like Honda, Toyota and Datsun models.
Originally produced only as a two-door model, the Maverick, designed to replace the fledging Falcon, sold almost 600,000 units in 1970, tripling Mustang sales.
The rear-drive Maverick was soon being built in Canada, Mexico, Venezuela and Brazil.
Originally only available with a series of inline six-cylinder engines, by 1971 a 210-horsepower 302 V8 was available. Early build Mavericks lacked a glove compartment, had pop-out back seat windows and a fastback roofline with a short rear deck reminiscent of the Mustang.
They were available in a wide range of colours with ear-catching names such a Thanks Vermillion (Red), Hulla Blue, Anti-Establish Mint (medium green), Freudian Gilt (butterscotch) and Good Clean Fawn.
Ford sold 2.1 million Mavericks in North America before the model was discontinued in 1977.
However there are rumours the Maverick nameplate will resurface in the near future. Keep an eye out for it.