Junkyard Find: 1973 Ford Maverick Sedan
There was once a time when Mavericks (and their Mercury Comet siblings) were among the most often-seen vehicles on American streets. Being such a cheap and homely car (and built during one of Detroit’s build-quality low points), however, the Maverick just wasn’t loved enough for many examples to be spared from The Crusher when they got a little frayed around the edges. In this series so far, we’ve seen this ’75 Maverick two-door, this ’75 Comet sedan, and now today’s ’73 Maverick four-door.
I shot this car in a San Francisco Bay Area wrecking yard, and thus it has little (if any) rust. It shows signs of having spent decades outdoors, so there’s plenty of vegetation stuck to the body and everything is well-bleached by the sun.
No air conditioning, but there is a rear defogger.
Someone grabbed the engine, which probably now lives in someone’s work truck.
The vintage of the cassette tapes inside indicates that this car was parked for good in the middle 1980s.
Too bad nobody made a drag racer out of this car.
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