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Posted recently near our office near Flemington, New Jersey here on Craigslist is this red over red, 35,440 original mile, 197o Ford Maverick two door the private seller currently now wants $4,500 for, which is $1,000 less than what he started at two weeks ago.  The Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool currently lists its #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate for these cars at only $3,200, so we sense the private seller is trying to recoup all of the modifications he’s made to date to his Maverick.  That said, he seems quick to lower the price, so he may be looking to unload it at this point.

Ford introduced its new Maverick on April 17, 1969 as a 1970 model.  Designed as a new subcompact import fighter, Ford featured the Maverick’s $1,995 base price notably against the $500 cheaper Volkswagen Beetle.  Once Ford’s new Pinto arrived for 1971, Ford focused the Maverick’s positioning against over U.S. subcompacts such as the Chevrolet Nova and Dodge Dart.

Here’s the current caretaker’s description of his Maverick:

“Up for sale is my 1970 Ford Maverick that I am going to sell unfortunately. Between work and having a 1 year old I have no time to work on and enjoy it. The car has 35,440 original miles and was stored in a garage since 1991 and is very clean. The car only has a few small rust spots on the bottom of each fender and the back quarters. The floors, trunk, and bottom of the car are rust free. Paint is pretty good. It has been re-painted at some point in its life. The body and interior are all original but the drivetrain has been changed out. The car originally had a 200 Straight 6 from the factory but now has a 289 V8 and c4 transmission out of a 1965 mustang. It runs nice. It also has an 8 inch rear end out of a newer Maverick with brand new 4.10 gears never used. The car also has the V8 motor mounts and front cross brace bar installed as part of the engine swap. It has a brand new set of Centerline drag wheels with skinny drag tires on the front. The car is all there just needs to finish being put back together. I started to remove the fuel tank to fix a pinhole that’s there. The tank is pretty clean inside. I have all the parts needed.”

Long overlooked by classic car fans, Mavericks are starting to get noticed by collectors and this low mileage example in a nice color combination with a V8 upgrade already mostly complete makes a viable option to work on over the winter to have ready for cruising by spring.  Good luck with the purchase!

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