Maverick Timeline – 1970
April 17, 1969. Maverick introduced to the world.
New “Maverick” colors added, such as “Thanks Vermillion.”
Suspension upgraded, bigger brakes & spindles.
Ignition moves from dash to column.
Early 1970 Mavericks, aka 69.5 Mavericks, were based on the 69 Ford Falcon. They used Falcon spindles, axles, and brakes. This proved to be very light-duty, and after dealers had problems aligning the early Mavericks, the suspension was redesigned and “beefed up” for the rest of 1970 and beyond.
1970 Grabber introduced.
250 6-cyl introduced.
170-6 powered 1970 Maverick weighs 2501 lbs.
A total of 578,914 1970 Mavericks (including 69.5) were produced.
The Maverick broke the first-year sales record set by the Mustang in 1965. It was Ford’s most successful car launch ever.