It’s weird what cars make it as collectables and which ones are consigned to history’s mysteries due to a lack of desirability. Looking at cars from the early ’70s, many are grotesquely large and are incompetent at anything other than having their parking location be easily determined – from orbit. Not only that, but as the ’70s progressed, each year brought a diminution of power to every single engine sold in America.
One car that bucked the trend as far as size was concerned – while at the same time offering an engine bay that’s capable of supporting a healthy heavy breather of an engine – is Ford’s Maverick. The Blue Oval boys had replaced the upright and staid Falcon with the fastback-sporting Maverick in two-door coupe and four-port sedan in 1970. The company’s pony car remained the Mustang which also shared a lot of Falcon DNA under the skin, but Maverick, unlike the Falcon, was now almost as good looking as the ‘Stang. Some might aver, it was even better looking.
Mavericks are old enough now that the blade-bumpered early models are no longer on the radar of the EPA and almost all state emission control nannies. That means the available 302 can be made all kinds of horsepowery, and the car was built in such numbers that both suitable subjects and parts are still readily available. It’s still an old ’70s American family car and that means drum brakes all around for a lot of models, and a six cylinder engine and automatic combo that was also most common back in the day. None of that makes for particularly engaging, or safe, driving now. Balancing that, the Maverick is still a darn good looking car – sort of a Pinto done right – and that’s why I want your opinion on its current desirability. What do you think about Ford’s fastback family car, is the Maverick collectable or forgettable?