Bricklin SV-1

Updated: Jul 29, 2021

The Bricklin SV-1 was a failure… or was it? To start off this blog we are going to dive into the history of Bricklin. Malcolm Bricklin was a businessman and an entrepreneur who is responsible for bringing Subaru to the North American car market. He also imported and marketed a particular Yugoslavian hatchback you might know as the Yugo. In the 90s Bricklin shared some interest with electric cars. Long story short, that didn’t work out either. Autoweek said that Bricklin has a mind that works like a machine gun. To sum it up he is a very smart guy, but with many automotive failures.

It was the 1970s. Starting a new car company was not easy. Malcom Bricklin’s goal was to manufacture a safe Canadian made sports cars. He named his company after himself, just like Enzo Ferrari, Ferdinand Porsche, Henry Ford, the Dodge brothers, and many many more. I named my blog after myself. I guess that’s just what you do. Malcolm Bricklin wanted his car to be futuristic, with gull-wing doors, a fiberglass body, and the best safety features of the 1970s. The Bricklin SV-1 started production in 1974. The safety was just what Malcolm Bricklin wanted. The SV-1 had hydraulically activated gull-wing doors and sharp sleek fiberglass body. It also had an integral steel roll cage, high side impact guard rails, and front and rear energy absorbing bumpers! However Bricklin left out the sportiness of the SV-1. The early models had 220hp AMC 360 V8s which was not to bad for the mid 70s, but due to emission regulations all the 1975 and 1976 models were sold with wimpy 351 Ford V8s that made an astounding 175hp. Also, the manual transmissions couldn’t pass regulations so it was swapped with a pathetic 3 speed automatic. That sucked! This car could’ve been a serious competitor for the Corvette. Those weren’t the only problems with the SV-1. These cars were poorly made, had significant electrical problems, and warped body panels. The SV-1 had sad production numbers, and a price of $9,980 in 1975! The 75 Corvette was only $6,810. All these problems and yet I wouldn’t call this car a failure. Sure it was slow and had many problems, but all cars have problems and the car was safe. Malcolm Bricklin wanted a safe sports car. They made a safe sports car. The car is still loved by many, that’s not a failure. The car had gull-wing doors! Gull-wing doors are awesome! I personally think the idea and even the car was ahead of it’s time. If the Bricklin had quality manufacturers then it could’ve worked. The Mustang was very slow in the 70s and look at it today. With a bit more money and time the car could’ve made it.

“The things that people see as failures are often the steps to success. I got my fame and power from the failure of the Brinklin.”

- Malcolm Bricklin

Do you like the SV-1? feel free to comment!

Today a Bricklin is worth around $30,000.

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