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Customized and then taken-to-extreme ’70 Maverick


At first glance, your reaction might be the same as ours: $74,900 for a 1970 Ford Maverick?

Except it turns out that the Pick of the Day, a 1970 Ford Maverick, is no standard, middling, compact and Falcon-based coupe. This is a highly customized vehicle that the dealer advertising it on ClassicCars.com says was special even as it rolled off the assembly line in Kansas City.

“As the VIN indicates this car was built in Kansas City, KS and was an early production car with the ignition in the dash,” the advertisement notes. “It was born (in) the rare color combination of white with blue interior.”

1970 Ford Maverick, Customized and then taken-to-extreme ’70 Maverick, ClassicCars.com Journal

Decades later, in 2017, the car was customized by Magic Custom, a company based in Brookpark, Ohio, that has done “many high-end builds including a Ridler Great 8 contender.”

The dealer adds that Magic Custom of Brookpark, Ohio, has done “many high-end builds including a Ridler Great 8 contender.”

“Magic Custom restored closer to a factory correct restoration with the original 6 cylinder ending and some mild custom features,” the seller says. “It was shown in that form and won multiple awards at the 2017 NMCA Muscle Car Nationals.”

1970 Ford Maverick, Customized and then taken-to-extreme ’70 Maverick, ClassicCars.com Journal

Magic Custom then sold the car to MS Classic Cars, which “envisioned a super car” project and brought in High-Tech Fabrication, and MJM Automotive Solutions. 

The result was a 6-figure build. The body was stripped and treated to Squeeg’s epoxy primer and “show quality” Wimbledon White paint with black racing stripes and a black Grabber side stripe. 

Glass was tinted and the rear quarter windows ca be opened for ventilation. Exterior parts were restored or replaced, and 7-inch Oracle Lighting LEd headlamps were installed.

The car rides on 17-inch US Mag wheelswith Raptor Riken tires, 215/50 in front and 255/50 at the rear.

The interior was custom-made “as there are no reproduction Ford Maverick interiors available.” The redo included digital gauges, Flaming River tilt-back steering column, Budnik Ice 15.5-inch steering column, and Lokar black shifter.  

A new blueprinted 306 V8 crate engine was installed and produces 401 horsepower. It’s linked to a TCI Street Rodder C4 automatic gearbox, and on to a 9-inch rear with Eaton True-Trac LSD. (The advertisement details all of the aftermarket parts used in the powertrain.)

Suspension and brakes were updated with aftermarket parts. 

The odometer shows 87,839 miles — likely the lifetime mileage, not since the customizations — on a vehicle located in Seekonk, Massachusetts.  This Maverick-to-the-extreme is for sale for $74,900.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. $74,900.00 Seems Like A Lot But It Is Not. I Have Spent 21 Years Building My 1976 Pro Street Maverick , It Is Beautiful And Very Scary Fast, And Not Counting My Time I Have Over 50 K In It .

  2. I always liked the Maverick. I’ve owned one,(a v-8) my dad owned one and even my mom owned one.(both6 cyl) But " the rare color combination of white with blue interior"?, I think not, seen hundreds of ’em and Wimbledon White was Fords most popular exterior color. Looks like a nice build, but good luck getting $75,000 for it. You can still get good running one’s in decent shape with a V-8 for under $12k.

  3. Hey, I love early Mavericks, Grabbers, etc. All of us that took the time to read this article do, but I’m sorry, the only thing “extreme” about this one is the price. For that kinda money I expected to see a full custom interior with touring buckets, high end touches, but instead an ugly blue (who cares at this point if that was the original color) vinyl bench seat and stock dash? What is Larry smoking? I expected maybe a custom tubular race underpinnings, perhaps some form of forced induction on that sweet small block, but there is nothing else to see here. Also, who cares now, that it won awards as a restored 6 cyl car? That doesn’t add value now.

  4. I had a new 71 Maverick. 170 ci 6 with a 3 on the tree. Paid about $2300 new!! Always and still loved the body of that car!! Great style!!

  5. I always kinda liked the simplicity of the non-federal bumper early Maverick/Comet twins; in particular the polygonal fender surrounding the large round headlamps and the semi-fast back proportions. Had a friend in Indianapolis IN that had a white over oh-so-’70’s burnt orange 302 Mav, a later model retrofitted with the early bumpers, typical ’70’s performance mods, sitting on the original Centerline drag wheels polished to a rainbow producing shine. It wasn’t ever the fastest around, but in any gathering it was usually the only Mav- which I think was the point. Ah, anything new or original being done to Camaros lately?
    I like it, but I’m a 2000’s GTO guy, so I’ll save my $75k.

  6. I own 72 grabber.I bought it when it came off the truck.I have 30,000 original miles.302 headers trw small cam flo masters 4 speed 411 rear wenbleton white with grabber orange stripes.Only 177 made with this color combo.Runs great. Love my car.


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