Following the success of the Mustang, Ford thought they'd roll the equine dice a couple more times, coming up with the Pinto and today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe Maverick. There's a lot shared between the Mav' and the ‘Stang, but does this pony's price mean its seller isn't just horsing around?
Yesterday's 6.2 diesel-powered '91 Jeep proved that, unlike strippers and Jenga, Wranglers shouldn't be stacked. The fact that our 37-inch tired friend was thus contributed to its insurmountable 70% Crack Pipe loss.
Automobiles replaced horses as a primary mode of transportation and nearly 70 years later, further ignominy was heaped on the genus as the Ford Motor Company also appropriated their good names for the company's cars. Well, legendarily the Mustang was such named for the WWII fighter - also known as the P51 - but that plane was of course named after... the horse.
Today's 1970 Maverick coupe shares an equine name and a Falcon base with the Mustang, and in its two door, fastback form much of the pony car ethos. This LA-based car completes that picture by rocking the thin-wall Windsor V8 in traditional 302 cubic inch displacement, and sprouting a manual transmission.
Outside, the baby blue paint seems serviceable, and compliments the desirable old-school blue and gold California license plates. There are a number of boogers here, including a rough driver's side and a nasty ding on the trunk lip that'll not be fun to pound out. Other issues are a lack of grille up front and an interior that looks like it's had a band of hippies living inside it.
Thing of it is, these foibles are easily rectified, and are passible in a car with other things going for it- like a healthy V8 engine and three pedals below the steering wheel. This Maverick seems solid enough and a good base for building a rockstar as it seems to have the right foundation.
That leads to the question of whether or not that base is worth the $3,995 that the seller is asking. Mavericks seem to be following their Mustang brethren in a climb up the value tree, meaning it might be a good idea to saddle up before they reach too high a branch. Of course, this one may be better put out to pasture.
What do you think, is this Maverick worth a fin shy of four grand? Or, is that simply too much to pony up?
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