Q: What makes a Ford Maverick a Grabber? Starting in 1971, the Grabber became its own model designation of the Maverick. The styling effects of the car made it easily stand out from the basic level. The Maverick Grabber had a dual domed hood with side air vents, a rear spoiler, larger tires, and body decals. Plus, and perhaps most importantly, under the hood could be found a 302 V8 rather than the inline six that came standard in the Maverick.