We came across this 1973 Ford Maverick Green Gold over Green cloth survivor with just under 44K original miles here on Craigslist in Annandale, New Jersey for the asking price of $5,000. The NADA Classic, Collectible, Exotic, and Muscle Car Appraisal Guide’s high value for this Maverick is $3,000 so we think there’s room for negotiation.

Ford launched the Maverick in April 1969 as a 1970 model with a $1,995 base price intended to be a subcompact “import fighter” against the VW Beetle and the rising wave of Japanese alternatives. Replacing Ford’s venerable Falcon, the Maverick was also considered a competitor to domestic rivals such as Chevrolet’s Nova and the Dodge Dart. The Maverick’s styling featured a long hood, a fastback roofline, and short deck popularized by the original Mustang. While the original bumpers were nicely integrated in the car’s design, the heavy and bulky five MPH design units introduced for the model year made the Maverick look chunky. The Maverick lasted until 1977 when Ford realized its recently launched Granada cannibalized sales for the car, not to mention the impact of the rapidly growing Japanese segment offering much better fuel economy.

The poster of this ad listed the car for a friend and while he provides a limited description, he provides a number of pictures to document all the car’s blemishes. Overall the pictures confirm this is a very solid example.

The front bumper appears to have endured some damage at some point and will need to be replaced if you plan to restore this example.

While the original upscale interior visually presents in excellent condition, the lister notes that due to storage over the past couple of years there is a mice smell present that will need to be addressed. This example features an aftermarket stereo mounted below the dashboard with 6×9 rear speakers installed in the car’s rear deck.

The 200 cubic inch straight six connected to a three-speed automatic transmission will need a good detail before you show the car, but we can’t help but wonder how much nicer a small block Ford would look under the hood of this Maverick. With no power steering or power brakes present, you can’t get a much more analog experience than driving this Maverick.

Overall, this is a solid Maverick you can use to follow one of two paths: path one would be clean it up and use it as an inexpensive way to get into the old car hobby. The other alternative is to upgrade the powertrain, suspension, and brakes to make a nice hot rod for cruising! Either way, good luck with the purchase!