The 2022 Ford Maverick launched months ago to much fanfare and has since become one of the hottest vehicles on the market. Unfortunately, Mavericks are also hard to come by thanks to this demand and the inability to build enough of them thanks to various supply constraints. But that hasn’t stopped a number of owners from customizing their new compact pickups, including the folks behind the YouTube channel TestDrivenTV, who recently gave their 2022 Ford Maverick a very 1970s makeover.
To be more specific, the Maverick’s new look was inspired by Ford’s Freewheelin’ appearance package from the late 1970s to the early 1980s. Consisting largely of bright stripes that were applied to the sides of the Bronco and F-150, the Freewheelin’ Package is quite popular today among enthusiasts, even though it’s a more obscure piece of Blue Oval history that we don’t see terribly often. Regardless, the look works rather well on the flanks of the new Maverick.
What’s particularly interesting about this combination is the fact that the Maverick isn’t some sort of retro model at all. Rather, Ford revived its name – which was previously attached to a compact car – and applied it to the brand new from-the-ground-up pickup that rides on the automaker’s C2 platform. Regardless, the old school stripes look right at home here, as do the white-painted steel wheels, which were a staple on trucks from that same period in time.
The orange, tan, and white stripes work perfectly with the Maverick’s Area 51 hue, which is a bit of a throwback itself. Inspiration for this particular build came from Ford’s own Bronco Sport Freewheelin’ Concept that was present at last year’s SEMA Show, however – not the original package from the 1970s – though that crossover was obviously inspired by the original. Regardless, the end result simply works, and we wouldn’t be surprised if this truck starts yet another trend in the world of Maverick customization.
Source: Ford Truck Enthusiasts