The wildly popular Mustang seems to overshadow many other performance oriented models Ford produced, but they did build others, and nearing the end of the classic muscle car era, they built the Maverick. The offering was a compact, similar in size and room to the Mustang, but different. The model ran from 1970 to 1977, and in its first year, 1970, with nearly 580,000 produced the Maverick almost tripled the sales of the 1970 Mustang! The car was offered in a number of different configurations, but none as popular as the Grabber.
James Hutchens’ 1972 model praises that era and just so happens to be a “Grabber’ variant, Ford’s performance-oriented version consisting mostly of an exterior and interior trim package including larger tires, graphics package and cool double bump hood. In the early seventies, with high gas prices and emissions coming down the pipes quick, there were no real factory performance upgrades to the car. But Hutchens’ wheelstanding Grabber is a completely different story.