Ethan Hager is a big fan of the underappreciated Ford Maverick. He took this 1974 model and turned it into a sporty '72 Grabber by replacing the clunky 5 mph safety bumpers with slim early model pieces, adding a '72 Grabber hood, blacked-out trim and the appropriate Grabber side stripes.
The '72 Grabber hood features a pair of mini-scoops on either side of the center bulge, which is accented in gloss black; the Saddle Bronze color is a factory-issued hue for 1974, repainted by Hager's father, Tony Hager.
Resisting the temptation to swap in a 302 V-8, Hager has retained the original 250 cubic inch inline 6-cylinder power plant; the engine bay is jazzed up a bit with chrome and a modified air cleaner, though.
The Maverick shows its '74 heritage in the interior, where a real-life glove box supplants the early under-dash package tray; Hager's version still uses a column-shifted automatic transmission and factory air, although he modified the steering wheel with a custom-made Maverick horn button.
The Maverick coupe presents a clean, uncluttered design from the rear, with nicely arched wheel openings complementing the smoothly sloping roofline, which ends in a small Grabber rear spoiler over the blacked-out tail light panel.
Earlier Grabbers featured matte black paint trim, but Hager's '74-turned-'72 version has the later gloss black rear cove; it's also fitted with the tidier 3-piece duck-tail spoiler that blends into the early model rear bumper.