Bricklin SV-1

The Bricklin SV-1 was created by Malcolm Bricklin, designed by Herb Grasse and assembled in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. It was manufactured from 1974 to 1976, with only 2,854 total vehicles built.

Herb Grasse, who was the designer of the original Batmobile, built three Bricklin-styled models for banks and other investors.

The factory was not able to produce vehicles fast enough to turn a profit and the company owed the New Brunswick government $23 million. It cost an estimated $16,000 per vehicle to build, but only $5,000 was charged to the dealers.

The company shut down on September 25, 1975, but George Byers and Sol Shenk from Consolidated Motors out of Columbus, Ohio purchased the remaining parts and vehicles, assembled them and sold them as 1976 models.

There were 772 cars produced in 1974, of which 137 had four-speed manual transmissions. The 1975 and 1976 models all had automatic transmissions.

The Bricklin SV-1 had gull wing doors and the body was made from fiberglass bonded to acrylic plastic. The suspension was A-arms and coil springs on the front and leaf springs and a live axle on the rear.

Power came from a 360 cu. in. V-8 from AMC in 1974. In 1975 the SV-1 used a 351 cu. in. V-8 Windsor from Ford. In 1974, buyers had their choice of color and transmission, but in 1975 the SV-1 was sold in one color only.

Image Caption: The Bricklin SV-1 in green. Credit: Ventura19/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)