Welcome to Hooniverse Fastback Friday. The lowly Ford Maverick is one of our favorite vehicles here at Hooniverse. Why? Well because it is basically a lighter version of the Ford Mustang, and can trace its ancestry back to the original Ford Falcon. The two-door sedan looks great, while the interior and power-train options were relatively simple. Performance parts are also easily obtainable and relatively affordable. However, a Maverick was never suppose to be a performer, only an economy car… or so we thought. It seems that there were 300 Shelby Mavericks built and distributed by Shelby de Mexico, SA, with a Shelby enhanced 302 CID V-8.
One of our favorite blogs, Just a Car Guy, ran a story about Shelby De Mexico, with a detailed history on how this company came to be, and the cars the company turned out. But it was this sentence that really caught my eye:
Shelby de Mexico, during the 1971 model year, built approximately 200 Shelby Mustang GT-351s (Windsor engines) and 300 Shelby Mavericks powered by 302hp engines.
Wait, a Shelby Maverick? Yes, a Shelby Maverick…. and here are a couple of pictures….