Here’s the Story, of a Coupe Named Brady: 1974 Maverick Brady Bunch Edition

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This is one of the more bizarre cars ever seen on Barn Finds. You can dispute this, but I’m with tipster MisterLou on this one: a 1974 Ford Maverick (not so odd) Brady Bunch Edition (things just got weird). The car is available on Facebook marketplace for $4200, and if you want it, you’ll need to get a truck out to Petaluma, CA to collect your prize. That’s north of San Francisco, and a few hundred miles away from the Brady Bunch house, which is in Studio City, CA.

What will you get for your money? A 1974 Ford Maverick with a claimed 31,500 miles, approximately, on a car that shows as a filthy mess in its photos but is being sold as a one-owner machine. In fact, judging by the beat-up condition of the interior, the odo has likely rolled over, so add 100K miles. At least it runs, though the gas tank leaks. The car is claimed to be both “really cool” and “unmolested.” The owner’s manual is part of the deal. The car appears to be a Grabber model.

For the youth out there, what’s a Maverick, and what’s the Brady Bunch connection (and how much does it matter)? The Maverick was a 1970-77 offering, a car labeled a “compact” back in its day. It came in two-door and four-door versions, powered by everything from a 170-CID six to a 302-CID V8 at various junctures. So not a speed demon, but a kind of cool car from today’s perspective, especially looking at its styling. On the Brady Bunch, I did exhaustive research (not really). Mainly, I asked my 19-year-old niece what she knew. “That’s an old TV show,” she said. “Ever see it?” I asked. “No,” she replied, and I’m thinking, You mean you don’t know about the football hitting Marsha in the nose? You mean you don’t know about Alice and her kinda boyfriend, Sam the Butcher? You mean you never realized that Peter was the coolest Brady? I didn’t bother asking any of these questions, though I wanted to, and I didn’t discuss the car with her. So I’m left to wonder–why’d they make a Brady Bunch Edition of this car? The show ran from 1969-74 and then went into syndication. It stayed peripherally popular via movie specials through at least two more decades. And the answer to why this Ford exists is, “I don’t know.” I looked at the brochure of the 1974 Maverick online, and I still don’t know what a Brady Bunch Edition is. Are there special badges? Did they use such a car on the show? (I don’t think so—they had six kids to haul around.)

So why would you buy and fix up this car? To preserve a portion of pop culture’s past, I guess (once you figured out what that was on this machine). And to have a nice coupe with just that little bit of extra-special appeal at car shows.  Note that Greg Brady, Barry Williams in real life, turns 70 next year. I think you should do it for him. Or Marsha. No, Jan—she was the one with the brains. Oh, you decide.

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Comments

  1. Tony Primo

    Get the remaining Brady Bunch kids to sign the glovebox door to increase the value of the car.

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  2. Fred W

    Someone is making up “editions”. No such thing in my opinion.

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    • Jack M.

      You can have the first one Fred!

      Like 9
    • C Force

      You’re right,there isn’t.Looking at similar photos of 74 mavericks,what you can’t see here is the word grabber on the front left top of the hood in the striping.It’s a Grabber, nothing more.

      Like 12
    • Steve RM

      I agree. Where is the Brady Bunch mentioned anywhere but here?

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    • nlpnt

      Indeed, the show had Chrysler-Plymouth product placement although they went to a Chevy convertible the last couple seasons to keep Mike Brady in a ragtop.

      Like 1
  3. eyes4color62@gmail.com CooterMember

    As I ponder sitcom tribute cars, Grandpa’s coffin “Dragula” comes in first. Built by the late-great George Barris! A General Lee replica comes in at a close 2nd, with an original batmobile replica 3rd. The 68 Camaro RS convertible Dick York drove on Bewitched gets an honorable mention!

    Like 14
    • Amishtrucker

      How about the ragtop GTO Major Nelson drove on I Dream of Jeanie!! I’m thinking it was a 65, I think.

      Like 18
    • Chuck Simons

      Or the Lark convertible on Mr Ed.

      Like 10
    • bone

      Darren got a new car every season ; sometimes Samantha had a Chevy as well.
      And there’s no Brady Bunch edition Ford – for the most part, they drove Plymouths and near the end Mr Brady drove a Caprice

      Like 5
      • Todd Zuercher

        Exactly – there were never any Fords on the Brady Bunch.

        Like 3
      • 370zpp 370zppMember

        And then Samantha got a new Darrin.

        Like 15
  4. Alexander

    I can authoritatively tell you that no Ford Maverick was ever prominently featured or marketed on the show during its run, thanks to the OCD compilers of IMCDB:

    https://www.imcdb.org/m63878.html

    Indeed, Chrysler and GM were authorized suppliers for the show, as seen in the credits.

    If you really want to open up a can of worms, look at the “Is that a ’72 Plymouth Barracuda in the Brady Bunch??” controversy:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_W_I-GQDB8

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  5. B. Nash

    Just flat stupid. There was no such car! Someone is just trying to increase the value of a car that is worth about half the asking price! Not to mention, the owner states “Interior Clean”? Really? If that is there assesment, what does the rest of the car really look like? Buyer beware…….

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    • Fran

      What do you expect ? It on lazy bragbook

      Like 3
  6. eric22t

    i did a quick search of both my memory and the interweb. no sign of a maverick on the show. unless it was in a background shot.

    the show featured all mopars until the last season. a m not sure who got the last season.

    for that price and a good look over it would still make a nice blue oval project car

    Like 6
  7. Rob

    Dirty Mike and the boys called, and they want their car back.

    Like 7
    • Brian Weyeneth

      Only if it comes with a lifetime supply of fresh meat from Sam the Butcher.

      Like 6
  8. PairsNPaint

    Only has 1 bathroom. Hard pass.

    Like 7
  9. Lance

    I read a 2014 Facebook post by Don Michael Wattenpaugh that said the Bradys drove loaned Chrysler Corporation cars from the pilot episide until the final season. The author noted some big Chevrolets were also loaned and given TV exposure. The IMCDb.org cars of the Brady Bunch database showed screenshots of cars on the TV show but no Maverick. So Ford was not the big corporate car donor for the 1969-74 program. My research casts doubt on the authenticity of a Brady edition Ford Maverick although it is possible that one showed up in the nackground footage but was not driven by the stars for promotional purposes.

    Like 5
  10. Little Bear

    In those days Car Manufactory Companies sponsored sitcoms by using their cars, hoping to gain sales from the shows. Brady Bunch was sponsored by Plymouth, and had the Blue Plymouth Station Wagon unknown model as I’m not a Mopar person.
    You’re right they are trying to increase the value, unless you have Documentation to back up your claim. Like people with cars they clone, the VIN is documentation and tells the story of the car.

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    • wjtinfwb

      I also recall Mike Brady drove a blue Barracuda convertible in one season. The Sport Suburban wagon with woodgrain was featured more prominently.

      Like 3
      • Christopher Gentry

        How about a kolcheck The night stalker special edition 66 Mustang , or a Green Acres Mr Kimball Bronco ?

        Like 6
  11. Acton Thomas

    I read the ad on Facebook and did not see a reference to the Brady Bunch. But who cares? It is a pretty cool car, V-8 engine, no rust that I could see from the photos and it runs. This looks like a great project car.

    Like 4
    • eric22t

      so here we new to ask

      brian k.

      where does the brady bunch link come from?

      Like 3
      • misterlouMember

        When I sent in the tip I didn’t think anyone would believe I was actually serious. I’m gonna have to plant that tongue in my cheek a bit firmer I guess. Sorry if anyone felt like they got hit in the nose with a football.

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      • eric22t

        grrrrr here we need to ask

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      • Brian KAuthor

        From the tip by MisterLou. Sorry if it’s wrong, but that’s how the assignment was described.

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      • misterlouMember

        Sorry @BrianK, I thought the idea of a “Brady Bunch Edition” of a car seemed obviously outrageous and more of homage to the distinctly period color scheme of this machine. Maybe I should’ve called it “Bobby Brady Edition” since he rocked those color schemes often and that would’ve been more obvious?

        “We all don’t share your sense of humor” is a common complaint I get.

        I’ll go sit in the BarnFinds corner now.

        Heck of a write up nonetheless.

        Like 3
  12. C Force

    Looks to be in decent shape,straight body and it’s 2dr with a 302.this is real performance potential here.just needs a hot 302 4v under the hood and some interior work.being a california car i’m sure there is a minimum of rust if hardly any.

    Like 5
  13. James Martin

    Marsha Marsha Marsha

    Like 7
  14. Greg Cockrell

    Get a Marty report on it,might tell ya something

    Like 4
    • 370zpp 370zppMember

      Better yet, get a “Marsha” Report.

      And do some DNA testing on that Maverick back seat while you are at it.

      Like 7
  15. Old Man

    At least it runs, though the gas tank leaks. Shades of a Pinto.

    Like 1
  16. Steve

    “Here’s the story, of a phony Maverick,
    That supposedly hauled three boys of the Brady bunch.
    They were four men, all together,
    Yet they were all alone.
    Till the one day when the lady met this fellow
    And she knew that when they went through the drive-thru for lunch,
    That this group would somehow form a family.
    That’s the way they all became the Maverick Bunch.
    The Maverick Bunch,
    The Maverick Bunch,
    That’s the way they all became the Maverick Buuuunch.

    Like 15
  17. david r

    lousy car and lousier show.

    Like 3
  18. Gerry

    I don’t remember much of even “ background cars” as they rarely left the house or backyard. Perhaps on one of their roadtrip episodes.

    Like 3
  19. Vibhic

    It says Grabber on the side. Where’s the grabber hood? I thought they had double hood scoops.

    Like 5
  20. wjtinfwb

    It’s a Maverick Grabber. And unfortunately, Grabber’s lost their simulated twin hood scoops in the later years, reducing Grabber’s to paint and tape specials. It does have an upgraded interior with the LDO option style buckets. Nice with the 302 as that can be built into a powerhouse and still retain the sleeper vibe. Lots of HS days logged in my buddy Barry’s blue Maverick coupe with the 250 six. Not fast but as indestructible as an Anvil.

    Like 4
    • Grape Ape

      My friend had a light blue Maverick in HS, auto 6 I believe. Didn’t last long with him, don’t remember why. Got a boat avocado green auto trans Mopar. Managed to flip it a block from his house, straight 25 mph. Didn’t tell me he wrecked it, found another avocado green Mopar to replace it. Even had a matching dent on the passenger side. Unless you knew it was a second vehicle, you wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference. How he managed to find an almost exact replacement I don’t know, like the flip. Seems to me if you have a car that just flips on it’s own, you wouldn’t buy another one…

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      • Tunes67

        Beagly Beagly. 😁

        Like 0
  21. Fran

    Marti please

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    • Fran

      To clarify. Get the marti report as that will settle the BB edition

      Like 0
  22. jwh14580

    I will take a wild guess and say that they made up the Brady connection because (and my memory is questionable) I think that the Family room in the Brady house had furniture and paint that might go with the Orange paint scheme here??????
    Who Knows

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    • misterlouMember

      Thanks for picking up what I was putting down.

      Like 3
  23. Smokey Smokerson

    I just took a peek at the ad on FB Marketplace and I did not see any reference to being a Brady Bunch mobile….maybe the orange???? I did just read an article where HGTV had bought the Brady Bunch house and did a refurb back to the TV show appearance…everything new, but looks old…bright orange countertops and all. You too can have it for a cool $5.5 million. Either the housing market was already high back in the day, or Pops Brady wasn’t a very successful architect….not enough bedrooms or bathrooms for that large of a family.

    Like 4
  24. eric22t

    hey misterlou i think i was the only one who saw your vanishing post. can’t wait for the next one from you or brian k ;)

    Like 0
    • Brian KAuthor

      I’m glad you saw this at least. I didn’t make it up…

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      • eric22t

        nope he did and you bought it and spread it around lol

        Like 2
  25. Don

    I owned a 70′ Maverick with the Fred Flintstone Edition. It had a shreadded headliner hanging down, and no floors, and you had to used your feet to stop it.

    Like 10
    • eric22t

      when in the rust belt most every model of car has a fred flinstone edtition lol

      Like 5
  26. $ where mouth is

    LOL ohhh my word !..
    sigh

    regardless of the BB, the car is pretty sweet, 302, AC, Cali, grabber..
    i kind want it

    Like 9
  27. Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TNMember

    Brady Bunch or not (likely not), that was a fun write-up Brian K.

    As for the car, it’s not terrible. If restored, or even just freshened up, would be a fun conversation piece. Seen any white and orange cars lately?

    Like 5
    • Grape Ape

      Guy at the car club has a 56 Chevy, white and orange. Very cool car.

      Like 0
  28. Rosseaux

    It looks like the exact same Grabber featured in the 1974 brochure (From Dezo’s Garage): https://xr793.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/1974-Ford-Maverick-R.pdf

    At least there was no convertible top that an annoying little brother could poke an umbrella through.

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  29. notinuse

    I thought Brett Maverick drove a Firebird Esprit.

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    • Jwh14580

      He did when he was Jim Rockford

      Like 4
      • Mark Jaques

        Everyone forget that Mannix drove a 1969 Dodge Dart GT then he got a ‘73 Hemi Cuda redone to look like a ‘72

        Like 3
    • PRA4SNW

      Mark Jaques, I’m confused by your comment. They didn’t make a ’73 Hemi Cuda and I believe that all you have to do to make a ’72 look like a ’73 is to remove the front and rear rubber bumper guards.

      Like 0
      • PRA4SNW

        I meant: remove the bumper guards from a 73 to make it look like a 72.

        Like 0
  30. angliagt angliagtMember

    I’m holding out for a Partridge Family edition.

    Like 3
  31. Bama

    Nice Grabber. Has AC , PS, and V8. Good luck finding matching orange vinyl to recover the drivers seat, which by the way is the standard 74 bucket seat, the LDO option seat which reclined wasn’t available with the Grabber package. These are a poor man’s Mustang, with a small cash outlay the engine can be built up to decent power, and same era Mustang suspension parts bolt right in. For even better looks, you can back swap to the earlier 70-72 small bumpers and valances and get rid of the park benches. Fun little cars, I did all the above to a 74 and had a blast. I should’ve kept it, but I traded it for a street rod project.

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  32. Robbie Edwards

    What about Greg’s 56 Chevrolet convertible, be worth some bucks now.

    Like 2
  33. Tony Primo

    Well if this is a fake Brady Bunch Maverick, at least the real house from the show is for sale!
    https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/11222-Dilling-St-North-Hollywood-CA-91602/20025974_zpid/?

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  34. Robert Levins

    I like this Maverick! It’s so 1974! Back then (in 1974), it was a “Brady Bunch “ world, with all the fantastic and wild colors coupled with shag carpet, disco, and long hair! I LOVED IT. I was only 10 years old in’74 but I remember! This car deserves to be saved. It’s just so different and special. The 302ci is a great plus for this car and IS worth restoring. Just think – how many cars would sell today if the car companies DARED to make ORANGE INTERIORS! Nice article!

    Like 2
  35. Tony Primo

    The Brady Bunch house is on the market for 5.5 million. Google it, BarnFinds doesn’t like me posting links.

    Like 2
    • CATHOUSE

      No need to google. There is a link to the house in the first paragraph of the story.

      Like 1
  36. Tom Owens

    Inexpensive, midsized car available with small block power or economical four and six cylinder options almost as light as a Fox body Mustang/Capri ……it too had a Mercury sister . The Comet was given the same body , different grill hood and tail lights …. My mom had 72 Maverick and my grandparents had 73 Mercury Comet …. Nice cars . Pretty light and 3/4 the cost of a Mustang/ Cougar of the day . If you remember in 71 to 73 Cougar and Mustang were pretty big cars in comparison …like Thunderbirds and Continentals ……Probably why they killed the cougar and tried to drink the Mustang down to pinto size, later came the fox body and things started to go back in the right direction. Seems they realized that Camaros and Firebirds were still rocking. They needed to be in that market .

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  37. Jack

    As an Army MP, I got my 1975 Maverick up to 90 mph chasing a guy. He got away. It was the six cylinder version. Oh. And we weren’t supposed to speed in a chase. What fun is that? Note: it was 0200 on a very quiet Army base. I radioed ahead to have the gates closed. He drove around them. Never figured out what he was up to.

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    • Grape Ape

      Was in the Army, field artillery. Never saw a Maverick in service. Was it your personal vehicle?

      Like 0
  38. Dc

    Probably those two ugly colors like the clothes that they wore all ugly

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  39. Desmond Valentine

    Maverick with a 351 Cleveland was my first hot rod.

    Like 1
  40. Mike Dawson

    I thought The Brady Bunch Show exclusively used MOPAR cars

    Like 1
    • timothy herrod

      They had a Caprice convertible on there, in an episode of the show Bobby put at umbrella thru the top at the drive in movies.

      Like 0
  41. LCL

    The color of the stripes is very seventies. Otherwise I see no signs of the Brady Bunch.
    It looks neglected and forlorn.

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  42. Bart Denny

    I was streaming the first season of Rockford Files and it cracked me up when I noticed that Rockford kept ending up near a Chevy Vega. He’d drive by it or it would pass him or he’d park next to it. I wonder how much GM paid to get that thing in so many shots.

    Like 1
    • PairsNPaint

      If you think that’s funny, watch the chase scene in “Bullit”. They keep passing the same VW bug as they’re jumping the hilly streets.

      Like 0
  43. Davey Boy

    Obviously has no Brady bunch connection but sure would be a nice car to bring back to life. Sure hope it goes to the right buyer

    Like 2

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