I saw this car from a mile away due to its marvellous chartreuse paint job.
Here we have a car I never knew of, and have never laid eyes on in my life…a 1972 Ford Maverick Grabber!
So, I quickly pulled into the King Sooper’s parking lot to take a closer look at this colourful car.
Luckily, I got to speak with the owner who purchased the car back in 1976 from the original buyer. She’s driven it ever since, and rather proudly. It was kind of a funny situation. This punchy gal thought she knew me from around town, and asked if I was working for the local newspaper the Boulder Daily Camera. I always enjoy meeting owners of the cars I encounter, it is nice to get the details and background.
Okay, let’s take a look!
The Grabber was a special version of the Ford Maverick with its special graphics and trim, as well as the spoiler which gave it a muscle car feel. This particular 1972 model has the “dual dome” hood, also available in 1971.
We are looking at the original paint job.
Plenty of flashy chrome. I always love a chrome trim and tinted windows combo.
Those round plain hub caps are kind of cool. Flying saucer like…
The Grabber was produced between 1970 and 1975. 35,347 Grabbers in total were produced in 1972. The car was known as an “import fighter”, a low cost car that was intended to push back against the Volkswagen Beetle and new Japanese cars that had entered the American marketplace.
This is a great example of a nice looking chrome bumper. Why don’t cars have bumpers anymore? It is an essential feature to car design. I almost feel a car is not a car without a front and rear bumper. Almost every modern car out there today has this plastic big butt in the back, and they look terrible.
Interesting front grill – it looks like there are some additional lights there…perhaps turn signals or fog lights. The “dual dome” hood is very bird beak like…
The Maverick nameplate below is that of a long horned cow head. Love those Grabber graphics! Highly amused that this Granny was ripping around town to create those mud splatters.
Cool tail lights. Chrome wrapped dash shaped lights look so cool.
The back end reminds me of a 1970s Pontiac Trans Am, although not quite as flashy. I am itching to run into a mint condition second generation Firebird with that massive gold bird on the hood contrasting nicely with a black paint job. One day…the moment will arrive.
I love those pointy side view mirrors. This style is definitely a 1970s car design trend. We have seen similar ones on the 1978 Ford Thunderbird, the 1975 Mercury Cougar XR7, and the 1975 Buick LeSabre Custom Convertible.
So, there you have it an intriguing 1972 Ford Maverick Grabber in fabulous chartreuse colour!