Western District Historic Vehicle Club
This Months Car at Meeting
June Feature Car
Brian Farnsworth presented his brilliant blue and white 1974 Ford Maverick as the vehicle featured in the garage for the June meeting.
“Interviewer” Gus Shea trialled a new format, asking Brian a series of questions as a prompt to find out more about his car. Brian said that he found the Maverick “under a tree, blistering in the sun” while in Los Angeles, California. He bought it, took it to a garage for a once over and informed the mechanic that he intended to drive the car from LA to Chicago. The man took him into the office, sat him down and said: “When you break down, and you will, leave it near a service station and I will come and recover it.”
Brian’s wife met him in L A and took the trip with him along the famous 2,448 mile (3,940 km) Route 66. The car did break down twice during the trip but didn’t require “recovering” and made it.
Brian imported the car into Australia and, while it did need a VAAS report for its RWC, the items needing attention were relatively minor - seat belts, a brake hose and a stop light globe.
The Maverick uses the same platform as the iconic Ford Mustang and features an auto gearbox, a V8 engine and after-market A/C. Brian said that there were only four or five in Australia. After ex-Volvo dealer Gus laughingly referred to its color as “Volvo blue and white” he was advised that the color was actually “Grabber Blue - a genuine Ford color.
Wikipedia tells us that: “The Ford Maverick is a compact car manufactured from 1970–1977 in the United States, originally as a two-door sedan employing a rear-wheel drive platform original to the 1960 Falcon — and subsequently as a four-door sedan on the same platform.
The Maverick was introduced at a very competitive price of $1,995 ($13,921 in 2021 dollars). Its styling featured the long hood, fastback roof, and short deck popularized by the Mustang, on a 103-inch (2,616 mm) wheelbase — and featured pop-out rear side windows.
Nearly 579,000 Mavericks were produced in its first year, approaching the record-setting first year of Mustang sales (nearly 619,000),and easily outpaced the Mustang's sales of fewer than 200,000 in 1970. North American Maverick production (1969-1977) reached 2.1 million units.