Update – Our readers have identified this one as a fake. Sorry guys.
As fuel prices sky rocketed and emission standards choked out big American cars in the ’70s, the domestic market was flooded with foreign compacts. In an attempt to compete, Ford introduced the Maverick. But, it was nothing to get excited about, so to help give it a sportier image, Ford released a special V8 powered version called the Grabber. This 1975 Ford Maverick Grabber is claimed to be a garage find and is listed for sale here on eBay where bidding is currently at $2,550.
The base Maverick was rather anemic and under-powered but when Ford installed their 302 cui V8 under its hood it became a mean machine. The Grabber package also included a few visual enhancements such as graphics, a spoiler, and a unique hood.
Somehow Ford managed to shoehorn their 302 V8 into the Mavericks engine bay. It was only rated at 210 hp, but that was a big jump in power over the standard straight six normally found in there. The seller claims that this engine is the original and that it runs great.
While the engine bay and exterior might get your heart beating a little quicker, the interior will likely slow it back down. A bench seat and an automatic transmission are reminders that this is still a Maverick. The interior does look complete though and should just need a very thorough cleaning.
The high intensity orange paint and black accents are nice touches and if you squint really hard you can almost see a miniature version of the mighty Boss 302. We know we shouldn’t even joke about that sort of thing, but we think you will have just as much fun confusing people with this baby Boss than you would with his affluent big brother. Well, almost…
This Maverick would be fun, but we are still kicking ourselves that we didn’t buy this one!