It’s hard to think of a more quintessentially early-70’s car than a mustard yellow four-door Ford Maverick with a brown vinyl top. If this car still had its original steel wheels with dog-dish hubcaps, it would be perfect. Well, perfect as a prop in a period movie, not as anything anyone would want to own. It’s not that ugly of a design, really; there’s a simplistic elegance to the front end design, and I always liked that the taillights were just pickup pieces turned sideways. The overall proportions are OK, but it just ends up looking a bit frumpy. And God, that color.
Anyway, these kinds of cars always make me wonder – why did this one survive? This was never desirable – no one, even in 1971, was excited to plunk down their hard-earned $2000 on a brand new mustard-yellow four-door Maverick; the original buyer likely wanted a Mustang but needed a four-door or just couldn’t afford one. And it’s not like the model has aged well or achieved some sort of cache (beyond simple antiquity) over the years – it’s still an unattractive economy family car. So how did this one manage to survive for 40 years, when so many others, more valuable both then and now, have been sold, wrecked, or allowed to rust into oblivion? Clearly this car (as they all do) must have a story that explains its one-in-a-million chance of lasting this long. Unfortunately, I don’t think anyone is going to care enough about this one to find out.