Tuesday, October 2, 2012

San Francisco Street Sighting - 1971 Ford Maverick

It's interesting how certain car models become icons. The Ford Mustang, the Volkswagen Beetle, the Corvette. Meanwhile, in the United States the Ford Maverick has nearly reached the realm of obscurity. It's the nondescript old beater on the corner with the missing hubcaps, or a budget V8 muscle car for people who can't afford a Mustang. I've seen them kicked around, daily driven, junked, restored, preserved, even one with a Toyota Supra turbo powertrain set up for autocross. The fact is, though, the Maverick was always considered sort of an economy car in North America, the replacement for the Falcon, and it always played second fiddle to the Mustang as a performance option.
In Brazil, though, there are very, very few Mustangs. Locally built Volkswagen Gols and Fiat Unos rule the streets. In that part of the world, the Maverick is a muscle car. And one of the most sought-after Mavericks in Brazil is the 302 GT.

There's a man in San Francisco with at least three Mavericks, all dressed up with 302 GT graphics packages and sporting red, orange or yellow paint with custom wheels and body kits. I've seen the yellow car driving in the city, and all three of them together at a local car show. But this was the first time I'd seen one of the cars stationary on the street. I can't be too sure what year or trim level it is, but judging by the grille lights from a Grabber I'm guessing 1971 at the oldest. When I saw it at the local car show there was no information on the registration tag, so your guess is as good as mine.

1 comment:

  1. the first maver-ick i have seen that looks really good. there are a few subtle changes to the trim unique to the 1971. this is one.