VAN WERT —The Ford Maverick was a compact car manufactured from April 1969 through 1977. It was introduced five years to the day after the Ford Mustang. The name “maverick” came from the word for unbranded range animals, and the car’s nameplate was styled to resemble a longhorned cow head. It was originally conceived to be in competition with the imports, such as the Volkswagen Beetle and newer Japanese rivals. The Maverick’s style featured a long hood, fastback roof and short deck, much like that of a Mustang. It had simple and inexpensive pop-out rear side windows rather than roll-down windows. This is one of Ford’s most successful cars, but is easily forgotten by most car enthusiasts. As they grow in age and rarity, though, they’ve been making a resurgance in popularity.
Cyndi Hesseling, of Van Wert, brought her 1976 Ford Maverick to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. She’s owned it since 2008. Her husband bought it at an auction at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds. He surprised her with the keys. She was shocked. The car is all original, she just had to clean and repaint it.