And there is one in Australia.
The Bricklin SV-1 was an unusual sports car. It was built in Canada mainly from parts sourced in Detroit and was only for sale in the United States.
The car featured gull-winged doors and an acrylic body built around a roll cage, side guard rails and a shock absorbing bumper bar front and rear. While you might wonder about the safety of a car made out of acrylic it was, in fact, a very strong and safe design that exceeded the safety requirements of its time.
The Bricklin came with two different motor/transmission combinations. The first 155 Bricklins built in 1974 were powered by an AMC 360 cubic inch V8 that was coupled to a 4 speed manual transmission. The remainder of the 1974 build coupled the AMC motor to a 3 speed automatic transmission.
The cars built in 1975 were powered by a 351 cubic inch Ford V8, a 3 speed automatic transmission and standard equipment included air conditioning, an AM-FM stereo, a digital clock and many other features that were advanced for its time.
Only one model was ever built even though production commenced in June of 1974 and continued through into September 1975 with some vehicles being completed after the factory went into bankruptcy and closed its doors. In that time a total of 2854 cars were built of which 1500 still thought to exist although only 590 are documented.
The current owners reside in almost every state of Ameriica, several have found their way back to Canada and one is in Spain while another has recently been shipped to Germany. At one time it was known that there was a Bricklin residing in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales but the Bricklin International Owners Club has lost contact with the owner. If any one knows the whereabouts of it please post in the comments section.
You can read more about this unusual sports car at the Bricklin site and I would like to thank Michael Mitchell from the Bricklin International Owners Club for his assistance in compiling this piece. I would also like to thank the owners of VIN 1168 and VIN 2355 for allowing me to use their photos.
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My husband and I just bought a house. This house was an estate sale and came with a garage. The owners gave us everything in the garage. In this garage is a mint condition Bricklin Limited ED. We are more than thrilled.
The Bricklin in the Blue Mountains is a 1974 auto, originally orange but has been painted white with the original 360 still going. Still left hand drive, and basically unused since the 80’s. It is loosly for sale, contact me via email for info.
As mentioned above, the Bricklin International Owners Club attempts to keep track of all the cars built – whether on the road or not. If you have a Bricklin and haven’t contacted us (every couple of years) would you take a moment to do so, please?
If you happen to find one that has been destroyed, please take a moment to record the full VIN and forward to us. Pictures are also appreciated ….
Our contact information is located at http://www.bricklin.org/BI_Contacts.htm.
looking for Rambler Hornet v8 or 6 can you help please thanks for your time P.S. not worry if going or not
I am aware of a Bricklin at a friend of my sons house in King Ontario, Canada. It is in good shape, but has not been run in quite some time and the owner has offered it to me for $8,000 Cdn. If you e-mail me at my Hotmail address I’ll get the VIN for you.
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