Debuting in spring 1970, the Grabber package added muscle car styling to the entry-level Ford Maverick, without necessarily adding performance. Featuring stripe graphics, a blacked-out grille and rear fascia, 14-inch wheels, dual mirrors and a black vinyl interior, the standard engine remained Ford’s Thriftpower inline-six, available in 170, 200 and 250-cu.in. displacements. In 1971, Ford introduced the 302 V-8 as an option in the Maverick, but this1971 Maverick Grabber, for sale on Hemmings.com, makes do with the 250-cu.in. six, rated at 145 horsepower by the factory. With a Weber carburetor, headers and dual exhaust, however, the engine reportedly wakes up, making enough power to be entertaining. The current owner describes the Maverick as the “ideal beginner collector car,” and it certainly appears to be in better-than-driver-quality shape. For those seeking a weekend ride that’s heavier on style than performance, this Maverick may just grab you. From the seller’s description:
Very nice original Grabber. Had plans to drop a V-8 in it and decided it was just too good of a car to change. I did a lot of nice modifications. Weber carb and headers. Dual exhaust, full set of gauges and a tach will be installed next week with pictures to follow. This car looks and drives excellent. Car is very solid ! New windshield, front chin spoiler, Stallion steering wheel. Chrome valve cover coming, as is a used front hood trim piece. I will post more pics next week. This is the ideal beginner collector car, or great for young kids. The 250-cubic-inch straight 6 cyl. is excellent for gas and performance. With Weber and headers, it really woke up! I installed a nice stereo with all the latest technology for enjoyment, but honestly, car sounds so good with the custom exhaust, I never listen to it. Give me a call for a complete and honest description. I build cars the way I like them and try to keep them affordable for everyone. Car grabs more attention than many of my much more expensive Classics.