Ford Maverick

My Mother got a 1973 Ford Maverick from Friendly Ford in Decatur, Georgia where my Dad worked at the time. As I was turning 15 years old, that May, I got my learners license and drove her car most of the time.

She never really liked to drive so she told me that if I ran the errands, like getting groceries, and take her the places she wanted to go, I could have the car when I got my drivers license. It was a 4-door with a 302 V8 and light green in color. I added the necessary components like a new stereo, cassette deck and CB radio, complete with white whip antenna.

The Maverick was a compact sedan in 2 and 4 doors manufactured from 1970 – 1977. It had a rear wheel drive and was designed to be a rival to the Datsun and Toyota. It came with a choice of Powertrains, 170 cu in Thriftpower I6, 200 cu in Thriftpower I6, 250 cu in Thriftpower I6 or a 302 cu in Windsor V8.

Commercials and advertising compared the Maverick, at $1,995, to the smaller Volkswagen Beetle, which was about $500 less in price. The 1971 four doors had a 109.9 inch wheelbase and were available with a vinyl roof.

Our car was 193,9 inches long, 70.5 inches wide, 53.4 inches high and weighed 3,011 lbs. It had the Ford C4 automatic transmission. It was a nice, tough car and lasted for many years and miles.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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