With cars, you remember how you felt. The rumble of a big-block V-8 through untamed exhaust pipes. The excitement of sitting on the bench seat and reaching up to shift the three-in-the-tree. The smell of a bit of burnt rubber from the tires of mom's overpowered station wagon when you floor it. Watching a movie with the family, the drive-in speaker hooked to dad's window. Taking a date for a drive. Watching a pro put a car through its paces in NASCAR or at Talladega. These are the cars of our memories, though somehow the names have slipped to the back of our minds. How many do you remember? How many have you forgotten? And did you or someone you know own one?
The Maverick was a car of the 1970s, built from 1969-77. The base is the rear-wheel-drive platform of the 1960 Falcon. As a compact car, it was intended to keep buyers from turning to the increasing numbers of imports arriving during that time. With a long hood and the fastback roof, it echoed muscle car style and allowed Ford to position it against more expensive cars by adding a few upgrades. There were even a limited number of Maverick police vehicles sold, but they weren't quite up to the job. The Ford Maverick was a fun and versatile car and a great one to have during the oil embargo of the 70s.
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