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Ford Maverick (Americas)

The Ford Maverick was a compact car from April 1969 to in the United States, Venezuela country outside the States to them), Canada. Mexico and 1973 to 1979 in Brazil — a rear wheel drive dating to the original 1960 Originally marketed as a two-door at a price of USD$ 1,995, [ 4 ] the was designed to be inexpensive to manufacture and

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The was originally conceived and marketed as a import fighter, intended to do with the Volkswagen Beetle and Japanese rivals. The Falcon. compact offering since had seen its sales decimated by the of the Mustang in 1964, and despite a in 1966, was unable to meet the U.S. National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) vehicle standards that come into effect on 1, 1970. Consequently, the Falcon was midway through the 1970 year, and the Maverick repositioned as compact entry.

The Maverick’s styling featured the hood, fastback roof and deck popularized by the Mustang, on a 103 in mm) wheelbase — and featured simple and to manufacture pop-out rear windows rather than windows.

Nearly 579,000 were produced in its first [ 5 ] This rivaled the record-setting year of Mustang sales 619,000 [ 6 ] ), and easily outpaced the sales of fewer than in 1970. [ 7 ]

Trim packages and [ edit ]

Initially available as a 2-Door Sedan, early lacked a glove compartment. was added in 1973. A 4-Door on a 109.9-inch wheelbase was introduced in with more rear and roll-down rear door A station wagon version of the was created in Brazil in 1978 by a dealer who customized the four-door

At introduction, exterior paint distinctive names including Mint, Hulla Blue, Cinnamon, Freudian Gilt, Vermillion — along with pedestrian names, including Jade, Champagne Gold, Aqua, Meadowlark Yellow, Blue, Lime Gold, Blue, Raven Black, White, and Candyapple Red.

In the first half of production for the model, there were two engine options, a 170 CID I6 and a 200 CID I6. A 250 CID I6 was added

Commercials compared the Maverick to the Volkswagen Beetle for $1,995, [ needed ] although the Ford would later be Ford’s subcompact competitor.

Early models built from the in April until August had a few interior features that the 1970 models built September, 1969 onward did Those early Mavericks a two-spoke steering wheel horn ring that was found on other 1969 while the cars built in the model year had a revised wheel with no horn Also, the early models the ignition switch in the instrument while the cars built September 1, 1969 had the ignition mounted on a locking steering as did all other 1970 Fords in with a new federal safety that took effect the 1970 model year.

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The model was introduced in 1971. available was a vinyl roof. also revived the Mercury as a mechanical clone of the Maverick. A 210 hp kW) 302 CID V8 was also introduced for both the and the Maverick. The Comet featured a new taillights borrowed from the Montego. trim, and hood .

The muscle car -themed Grabber package was introduced in mid-1970. The included special graphics and including a spoiler. It was offered 1970 to 1975. In 1971 and the Grabber came with a Dual Dome hood. A package for the Mercury Comet, the GT, was also offered from to 1975 and had muscle car trim to the Maverick Grabber, plus its own hood scoop .

A Sprint offered in 1972 featured a red, white, and blue with matching interior. similar packages offered on the and the Mustang, the trim package acknowledged the 1972 Olympics and was for only one year. U.S. were given a stylized flag made into a quarter panel decal. The was very much in the vein of symbols, but without being too to avoid copyright infringement. sold in Canada were red, white, and blue, but had a badge styled from the flag. [ citation needed ]

A Luxury Decor Option trim level was introduced in the 1972 model year reclining bucket seats in a vinyl material, plush woodgrained instrument panel radial tires with deluxe wheel covers and a roof. The Maverick LDO option offered on the Mercury Comet) was one of the American compacts to be marketed as a (and domestic) alternative to the expensive European luxury/touring from Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and other makes.

Minor were made from to 1975. In 1973, the 170 CID engine was making the 200 CID I6 the standard engine. improved brakes and a previously chrome grille became An AM/FM stereo, aluminum and a new front bumper were (the latter to comply new federal regulations). In 1974, the was unchanged except for rear bumpers and larger trunk a higher deck. Jumping gas and increasing demand for smaller resulting from the Arab Oil did cause the Maverick to grow in selling 10,000 more than the year before. of the Maverick and Comet dropped in with the release of the Ford and Mercury Monarch as true luxury compacts. The Maverick minor trim changes for that included new grilles and the of Maverick nameplates on the hood and with FORD nameplates out in block letters.

In 1976 the Grabber was dropped, and a package was introduced. The Stallion came with special and trim. Like the Sprint four years earlier, offered the Stallion option on models, this time the Pinto and the new Mustang II. The Comet GT was discontinued. Standard Mavericks another new grille and gained disc brakes as standard along with a new foot-operated brake that replaced the old T-handle unit. Production to drop.

1977 was the final for both the Maverick and Comet. cars remained unchanged for a police package on the Maverick was not sufficiently upgraded for police and sold less than 400 The Maverick was produced in Brazil 1979. Maverick’s place in the American Ford lineup was taken by the 1978 Fairmont.

The Maverick and Comet saw no significant towards the end of their lifespan they were originally to be replaced in 1975 by the Granada and However, Ford decided to selling both sets of until the 1978 model introduction of the Ford Fairmont and Zephyr. which were on an all-new Fox platform that serve as the basic platform for Ford/Mercury/Lincoln designs through the 1990s.

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