HomePick of the DayPick of the Day: 1970 Ford Maverick, low-mileage compact with V8 power

Pick of the Day: 1970 Ford Maverick, low-mileage compact with V8 power

This first-year example comes just as Ford revives the nameplate for compact pickup


Ford is bringing back the Maverick, but it’s not what you’d expect. Instead of unveiling a new revved-up automobile, Ford announced the Maverick nameplate will be applied to a new compact pickup truck.

So to reminisce on what once was, the Pick of the Day is a 1970 Ford Maverick, a first-model-year, low-mileage example of these sporty compacts that were based on the Ford Falcon platform and designed to compete against sport models from Europe and Japan.

“A bit larger than the Mustang, a bit sportier than the Pinto, and snazzier than the Fairlane, this rabble-rouser Maverick is turn key and take off,” says the Morgantown, Pennsylvania, dealer advertising the Maverick on ClassicCars.com.  

Maverick, Pick of the Day: 1970 Ford Maverick, low-mileage compact with V8 power, ClassicCars.com Journal

This Maverick, which shows just over 32,000 miles on its odometer, is powered by a performance-tweaked 5.0-liter V8 linked to a 5-speed manual transmission with a Hurst shifter.

“Under the hood is an all-buttoned-up Boss 302ci V8,” the dealer says. “This had cast-aluminum ribbed valve coverings and a thin new chromed air cleaner. Underneath this cleaner operation is a 4-barrel carburetor and on the back is a Doug Nash 5-speed manual transmission.”

Maverick, Pick of the Day: 1970 Ford Maverick, low-mileage compact with V8 power, ClassicCars.com Journal

This Maverick runs just as nice as it looks, according to the dealer, who said it was taken for a test drive on a race track.

Finished in light blue, the Maverisk features a custom bumped hood, egg-crate grille, rounded corner taillights and dual exhaust. The car sits on a classic set of chrome Cragar 5-spoke wheels.

“Window trimmings are all nicely showing off their chromed bling, and gaps are very consistent,” the dealer adds.

Inside sits a split-back bench seat up front and a bench seat in the rear, both upholstered in black textured vinyl.  Below the sporty dashboard sits “an aftermarket AM/FM/8 track player.”  

The asking price for this good-looking Maverick is $35,000.

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

Racheal Colbert
Racheal Colbert
An experienced writer and editor, Racheal brings her enthusiasm for collector cars to her role as the Content Manager of the Collector Car Network. Former Content Writer and Marketing Manager in the tech and publishing industry, Racheal brings a fresh perspective to the Journal and the automotive world.


  1. Nice little Maverick but quite a bit overpriced for literally a “bolt together” modification. Nothing custom. This is a $20K car at most. I know cuz I did this……..twice, using various donor cars. I also had a ’73 Maverick that came from the factory like this one (except it had an automatic transmission) As you can tell, I liked Mavericks !

  2. I agree with you Mike ,over priced. I have owned 2 Mavericks, both 302 automatics. and I could have brought a lot of Maverick price from $2,500.00 to 8,000.00. This car is a plain Jane car, no rear spoiler , no strips, nothing I see to Grab you attention.Frank

  3. Good call both of you guys. Very over priced for a plain-jane. While the engine and tranny is nice, along with the wheels, it doesn’t make for a 100+% increase in the value of the car. The 35K miles easily could be 2nd time around and no info on the milage on the engine. I could see $18K tops.

    • What do they say? “lipstick on a pig” ? So ya put finned aluminum valve covers on a stock 302 and viola ! It’s a Boss !! And Oooh ! that thin air cleaner ! I’m not putting this car down at all, like I said earlier, I’m an old Maverick guy , BUT, yeah this one is not quite presented factual (?) I’d like to see it close up and check out the body/paint.

  4. Although I was way too young to drive at the time, I remember cars like the Ford Maverick and the Mercury Comet. I don’t know why people hate the Maverick and Comet so much. I’d buy a Maverick 4 door if I could find one in decent condition. My only problem with the car was that it wasn’t available in station wagon body style.

  5. I like to be negative and picky— and I am solid GM thru and thru. This was very well done. Look under the hood. Not a goofy , odd colored wire. Everything in damn good order. The stance — perfect, the wheels– perfect. You can tell it is turn key — happinesss/ quality. 32k original miles…. pretty desirable. Usually these V-8 conversions look — crappy. And they put those SUN gauges all over. (I knw you guys did that) Other than the price — no negatives here.
    That is important to rich old men.

  6. Way way overpriced ….it’s a Maverick….. car prices are a reflection of sentimental ownership… at that price just keep it. The car hobby is in a downward pirate to our next generation due to these insane prices!

  7. I agree with all who said this car is way, way overpriced. Seems like a bunch of sellers think because their car has a V8 coupled to a 4-speed tranny that it is a “muscle car” and they have a high ticket item. Add to that that it is unusual or rarely seen at car shows, they jack their asking price to ridiculous levels. It’s those people who drive off the entry level enthusiasts trying to get into the hobby.

  8. Everything listed on the car picks here has been way overpriced. A joke for this car at this price regardless of color and mileage and condition…..

  9. $35,000 for a Maverick, your taking the average Joe out of the old car fun.
    Its become a rich mans hobby.
    My gandson will never be able to have a cool old car.

  10. Whenever I read about a Maverick I go back to the days at Gainsville watching Dyno Don Nicholson race against Bill Grumpy Jenkins in their pro stock cars. Good stuff.

  11. Your high asking a high end grabber 1970 and if I am right they were all auto with the 5.0 so get real your have a fair car should be in the teens. All you dealers want to make a years salary on car that not even worth close to that money. Sleep good if you can. Randy Sabettini


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