Running Barn Find: 1970 Ford Maverick

The seller describes this 1970 Ford Maverick as an “amazing find,” mostly due to it having no floor or trunk rot. Described as a barn find that has been sitting in a garage for many years, the Maverick comes with a running engine and working transmission but needs some finish work before it is driving once again. The Maverick is listed here on eBay with bidding just under $2K and the reserve unmet.

The body does appear quite nice up and down the sides. While the seller doesn’t detail whether the Maverick has any notable body repairs waiting to be performed, I can’t spot any glaring issues from this vantage point. All glass looks intact, chrome bumpers appear decent, and lenses look sound. It would look killer with matching wheels in the rear – they look like the classic American Racing “Outlaw” wheel.

Even the interior is quite nice, with a bench that shows no major tears or damage and factory seat belts featuring OEM receivers. It looks like the dash may have a crack, but at least the bulk of it is intact. Door panels appear uncut and with the cabin appearing to be completely stock, it seems like despite the aftermarket wheels, this Maverick hasn’t been modified or otherwise messed with.

Even better, it comes with a V8. No word if it’s numbers matching or a later 302 that’s been swapped in. It seems, based on the seller’s description, that some work was started to restore the engine but never finished. The seller notes it needs “…engine wiring, radiator and hose installation.  Install alternator, fan pulley and belt.” Not a huge punch list, but the reserve price will determine if it’s worth the effort.


  1. flmikey

    It appears it was originally a 250 six banger…looks like they were doing a swap…they were even changing the lugs to a 5 bolt pattern…looks good cleaned up, and the seller noted it is close to the reserve…might be a bargain!

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    • Steve R

      The T in the VIN was for a 6 cylinder.

      Steve R

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  2. Patrick S Newport Pagnell Staff

    They look like Centerline wheels on the front. Would look cool with some matching rears.

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    • Don H

      Great sleapper car .Do the Grabber 😠

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      • Don H

        I no

  3. Dan

    As others have said, this car was born with an inline-six. I am 99.99% sure that Mavericks could not be had with a V-8 in 1970. If the reserve is met but not outrageous, someone will be getting a project that is verh worthwhile.

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    • Michael Member

      later ones did come with the V8 and they weigh less than the mustang (hint-hint!)

  4. Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TN Member

    First generation Broncos, large American wagons, and various Volkswagens— none of which I would have thought would become (hugely) collectible. Now we see highly original or well-restored or tastefully upgraded Mavericks easily bringing five figure prices. Not bad for a very simple throw-away economy car. I always thought the coupes looked good, especially the pre-big-bumper Grabbers. This might be a good project.

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  5. Dave

    The Hot Wheels version was called the “Mad Maverick “.

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  6. Boatman Member

    “Door panels”. Ahhhhh.

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  7. Ken Carney

    You couldn’t get a V-8 in one of these til
    ’71. I had a ’73 4-door with a 235 HP(?)
    version of the 302, and in that light car,
    the V-8 made it fairly quick for a fordor.
    Mine had almost everything on it but
    power windows. What a great sleeper
    it was too! My late wife used to race
    the local kids in their smog tuned Camaros and T/As. Beat ’em every time!
    Both the car and my wife are gone now,
    but the memories I have are fond ones

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    • z28th1s

      The ’73 Maverick 302 had like 141 HP. Power windows were never offered on a Maverick and you couldn’t get power brakes on one in ’73 either.

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  8. Jim mindy

    I became a Ford salesman just as the Maverick was introduced in 1969. Sold many through the years because it was a hell of a buy. $1995 for a 6 cyl. 3 speed. No V8 for a few years and not many got sold. Almost impossible to reach the rear spark plugs.

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  9. Marshall

    I had two Mavericks. a light green 1975 four-door, and a forest green 1977 two door. They had lousy gas mileage, but were otherwise great cars. I bought the ‘75 with 115,000 miles on it in 1988, and junked it in 1991 with 210,000 miles on it. I bought the ‘77 with 17,000 original miles in 1992, and sold it in 1997 with 156,000 miles on it.

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  10. Brian R.

    2 of my friends had was a 72 or 73 with a 250 inline 6 cylinder and the other one was a Maverick Grabber with a 302 2 barrel carb.Thay Grabber was kinda quick..would do a 1 peg leg/ 1 wheel peel tire burnout for a really long distance..was impressive for what it was.

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  11. PatrickM

    Listing ended. Sold. $2,650.00. I didn’t even get a chance to say how much I would like to have it, (he says, sniffling and sobbing)

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    • PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

      It did not sell at that amount. Reserve was not met.

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  12. Paul

    No floor rot? I thought they were rotted by the time they got to the end of the assembly line!
    My father in-law’s was the rustiest car I had ever seen after only very few years of driving on salty roads. All joking aside I seriously had never seen any car rust that bad that fast. This one must have been very well kept to be rust free!

  13. Fred Alexander

    Had one as a daily driver 6 cyl auto green great condition.
    great car — sold it two years later for couple hundred plus a bit more than I paid for it. It was still in great shape.
    Don’t know its end fate though as back then these were kind of an insignificant car.
    Still see the odd grandpas car being driven around mostly as a winter beater.

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