Ford Maverick Estate Coupe

I'm not sure how Ford's Falcon-derived, import-fighting Maverick ended up being turned into a bizarre factory neoclassic for the 1971 auto show season. 

It's all kinds of awful—though not quite on the same level as a Leata Cabalero (sorry, Myron!)—I'm genuinely surprised that Ford managed to predict the Malaise Era by a few years. This is your grandparent's basement chesterfield on wheels—minus the veneer'd coffee table in front with an always-stocked bowl of scotch mints. 

I'm quite positive if a colour photo exists of its interior, (or if the car survives intact, somewhere!) a wormhole to Studio 54 would open by merely opening its door. 

The Maverick was a car very much of its time, and my favourite note about the car is how Ford saw fit to give the car the most amazing names for its exterior colours, stuff like Anti-Establish Mint, Hulla Blue, and Freudian Gilt. My favourite? Thanks Vermillion. Even the more pedestrian shades had cool names—who wouldn't want to tell their friends that the hue on their Jetta was named Black Jade or Gulfstream Aqua…not Deep Black Pearl and Silk Blue Metallic. Bo-ring.

Annoyingly (but not atypical), there's very little information about the car online—and even my World Cars books don't mention it. Most publications repeat the same information, apparently gleaned from

"Ford exhibited the Maverick Estate Coupe concept vehicle at the 1971 Chicago Auto Show. The Estate Coupe had a dark green padded "Landaulet" roof over the rear seating, and the body finished in limefire green. That unique color used a subtle gold-flake base, and complimented the avocado interior. Cast magnesium wheels had spoke design reminiscent of the classic wire wheels."

Amazingly, Ford will even sell you posters of the car…with no other information provided, of course.