How some cars that were utterly average in their day, survive unscathed for decades is a head-scratcher. Take the Ford Maverick, a 70s-era import fighter designed to compete with the likes of the Volkswagen Beetle. Although most economy cars lead difficult lives under the ownership of young drivers and city dwellers, some can survive with low miles and perfect paint. Enter this 1973 Ford Maverick, with only 27k original miles which is available here on eBay.
Despite its humble underpinnings, the Maverick could be spiced up. The Grabber package introduced in the mid-70s featured special trim and graphics, a spoiler and dual-dome hood. Although the example featured here didn’t come with the sport-themed options, the striped interior livens things up and the mint-condition chrome bumpers adds some visual appeal to the car’s fastback shape. Its storage in a climate-controlled environment for the last several years has clearly helped keep the car’s cosmetic condition intact.
Although not equipped for speed, the Maverick did provide nearly 579,000 buyers with solid A-to-B transportation in its first year of production. For 1973, the Maverick came standard with a 200 cubic inch inline-six cylinder, replacing the 170CI I6. A 250CI I6 was also available, but the seller doesn’t specify which the subject car is equipped with. However, the engine is original to the car and we suspect that the column-mounted SelectShift Cruise-O-Matic transmission is too.
As to be expected with mileage this low, the interior appears as if it’s been barely used. A mint-condition dash, clear gauges, good glass and blemish-free upholstery support the seller’s showroom-new claims, and we would love to know what kept this car from racking up the miles. Did it just make short, in-town drives for an elderly driver? Or did it simply get mothballed due to an owner’s belief that Ford’s latest entry to the small-car class would become a collector’s item?
It’s tough to tell for sure, but the Maverick’s coachwork appears to either be ‘Original Cinnamon’ or ‘Champagne Gold,’ two of Ford’s paint options for the year. The bodywork doesn’t show any dents or dings, and the seller notes that it is rust-free. Couple that with a recent carb rebuild, tune-up, fresh tires, and a new brake master cylinder and shoes, and this Maverick’s mechanical integrity matches its clean exterior. A surviving model of a mass-produced car is sometimes a rarer sight than a collector one, so we’re hopeful the next owner of this car preserves its time-warp condition.