6th Sep 2015, 04:39

The Maverick is Ford’s most successful car, selling more units in its first year than the original Mustang did.

15th Nov 2015, 07:14

Where is it? I had one just like you described and I'd love to have it back.

15th Nov 2015, 17:51

A good idea before you buy cars is to see what they are worth, and desirability to others as well as yourself. So the Maverick sold more the first year than a Mustang? What's a better direction though? Weigh out all your hours and parts costs before diving in. If this your ultimate dream keeper car, fine. If you ever want to change or step up though, keep these comments on mind. I have been saving for 6 years for a finished 67 Fastback with numbers matching drivetrain. No automatics. I am not buying another car to hold me over that may be hard to sell. I have one extra garage space to fill. Every day I see cars online. If you stick with very desirable models even if you have to wait in my mind it's worth it. To buy a Maverick in my mind is to create a light weight drag race car. For the street I am not enthusiastic over this car under review. There's plenty of 60s Mustangs about with V8s.

16th Nov 2015, 16:36

So. You're saying someone shouldn't pay $25,000 for a 1976 Maverick Stallion?


17th Nov 2015, 01:28

I wouldn't. A 70 nice Fastback is where my 25K would go.

17th Nov 2015, 02:46

Ignore comment 17:51. I understand where you are coming from, you once owned a '76 Maverick with the Stallion package and you would like to own another one.

That is perfectly OK, there is nothing wrong with wanting one again. Also if it's a classic car that you have a desire to own, don't worry about it being "hard to sell", because chances are you never will want to.

17th Nov 2015, 09:33

If you never sell, buy what you like. It's like a guy that bought a one only Pacer in black. It's rare. I know a guy that has close to 6 figures wrapped up in a Honda show car. Will he ever see much of it back if his tastes change?

I brought up Mustangs because of the many advantages. You may love a car today, but 5 years from now it may pass. It's possible, and happened with me fixing up a Cutlass once vs a 4-4-2.

My experience with cars past 72 was very disappointing, with the emission and anti pollution devices robbing most of the HP. The ugly bumpers etc. The only exception was the Trans Am. I liked the CanAm. But even Corvettes went down to 190 HP.

There are great new cars today. Or pre 72. To call a car a muscle car with very lackluster performance and with loss of styling is maybe defined differently by some. You can do transplants and liven a car up. Another option is to keep what you like and build a collection around it. I want to get in a car, push in the clutch and have some real performance. And also to polish it and hit shows. The best of both worlds with 25k to spend.

17th Nov 2015, 13:28

If it truly is a "classic car" (whatever that means anymore), then it won't be "hard to sell" as long as it is in decent condition.

By contrast, the Maverick was an economy car that was (and still is) hardly the stuff of many car enthusiast's dreams, even with the dress-up Stallion package. Thirty-something years later, if you want one bad enough to pay a stupid price for it, you better be prepared to keep it forever or take a huge loss when you go to sell after you get bored with it. This refers to a STOCK Maverick, usually with a six under the hood.

A car that has had a big block V8 transplant and otherwise modified is a totally different animal, and should not be compared to a stock car pricewise.

17th Nov 2015, 23:24

02:46 left out one very important point. Consider both aspects of purchasing any vehicle with pros and cons. With 25k as an example, look at both sides and make an educated decision. It can be emotional at times if purchasing, but keep in mind priorities change. I have had both educational responsibilities crop up and later sudden family health issues. I had to step away from this hobby for 15 years. That 25k may be needed due to a job loss, divorce, relocation etc. It happens. Don't like to be dismal, but things can and do happen. The narrower you choose a car without broad based appeal, it may sit for a very long time. Pick a Stallion or be aware there are other cars in the Ford family that are available for 25k. There will be less specialized parts, perhaps not even available as repros to concern yourself. Lastly, that 25k expenditure can grow 5 or 10 grand more over time. Perhaps the body or repaint, a new interior, maintenance etc. Looking at both sides on a major buy is not only emotional, but also an educated decision. 25k may be peanuts to some; to others it's worthy of some practical thinking vs just go get it comments.