Classic Captions – The 1970 Ford Maverick Edition


Welcome to the Hooniverse Classic Captions Post. Yes, once again it’s that time of the week in which this feature appears, so now it’s time to review the premise of this feature; I search for images that were used by the car companies in their print advertising or brochures, and it is your job to provide a humorous caption that is some how tied in with the image. This weeks image is one from Ford, with a particularly unusual Maverick…


Last time, we had an image of Ms. Hurst Golden Shifter who popped through a Sunroof, and the participation rate was a little light, but they were funny none the less. The runner-up comment was from one of our more frequent guests, Devin. His caption went like this: “One of the pictured models has dual airbags as standard equipment.” Remember, this was in the days before there were surgical “enhancements”, so this was a very well thought out caption that happened to be very humorous, but there was one other that was just a bit better…

This week, the winning caption came from Tanshanomi, and his winning caption went this way: “The first time she showed up in her new Hurst Grand Prix, she got a lot of attention. She got even more when she popped out of her top.” This was the overwhelming favorite among the readers, so congratulations Tanshanomi on winning the Caption Contest this week.

It’s now time to take a look at this weeks entry, and it is a print ad for the 1970 Ford Maverick. This particular ad took aim at the paint colors that were offered with the headline “Goodbye Old Paint”. The paint colors all had very colorful names, like Anti-Establish Mint, Hulla Blue, Original Cinnamon, Freudian Gilt, and Thanks Vermillion. Are you kidding with these names? The Ford Marketing department must have been high at the time… (Do you think Ford would get away with this naming convention today?) Paring the Maverick with a Maverick was pretty clever as well, but the two themes don’t really mesh well in the advertisement, or do they? And is this really a way to sell an economy car in the early 1970’s? (You can click here to see the full size image)

You have the next five days to come up with a great caption. The editors will deliberate on the merits of each entry, and after contemplating our own caption (Like what’s up with the horse?), we will pronounce a winner. So, get to work and create you’re own caption for this unusual image.

Photo Credit: Alden Jewell’s Flickr Photostream

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