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Dieselstation Car Forums _ Uncool _ Bricklin SV-1

Posted by: UserDrew Mar 26 2009, 10:21 PM

I was going to write up my own description but instead decided to source it to Wikipedia.

The Bricklin SV-1 was a gull-wing door sports car assembled in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. The body panels were manufactured in a separate plant in Minto, New Brunswick. Manufactured from 1974 until early 1976 for the U.S. market, the car was the creation of Malcolm Bricklin, an American millionaire who had previously founded Subaru of America.

The model name (SV-1), stood for "safety vehicle one". The original idea for the Bricklin SV-1 was a safety economic sports car, but due to the safety of the car adding weight it was no longer an economic car. The Bricklin was designed for safety with an integrated roll cage, 5 mph bumpers, and side beams. The body was fibreglass with bonded acrylic in five "safety" colors. The cars had no cigarette lighter or ashtray. Malcolm Bricklin believed it was unsafe to smoke and drive. The Bricklin is the only production vehicle in automotive history with factory powered gull-wing doors that opened and closed at the touch of a button.

Power came from a 360 cu in (5,899 cc) AMC 360 V8 for 1974. Later cars used a 351 cu in (5,752 cc) Ford Windsor V8. A high-performance V8 was chosen so that in case of an impending accident, the power of the V8 was enough for the owner to pull away from the potential accident. The front suspension used A-arms and coil springs, while the rear used leaf springs on a live axle. 772 model year 1974 cars were produced, 137 of which had four-speed manual transmissions. All 1975 and 1976 cars had automatic transmissions.

The Bricklin Factory was not able to produce vehicles fast enough to make a profit, and as a result, only 2,854 cars were built before the company went into receivership, owing the New Brunswick government $23 million. It is believed that fewer than 1,000 Bricklin cars still exist.

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Posted by: Phix Mar 26 2009, 10:30 PM

I'm going with neutral. I'm very torn about this car... the gulf wing doors are always cool in my book but, eh... I raelly don't know.

Posted by: UserDrew Mar 26 2009, 10:46 PM

I'm sure interior shots could sway the vote.

Remember: it was 1970.

Posted by: Uwe Mar 26 2009, 11:18 PM

Automatic transmission, the weight of 1,600 kgs (in the 70's!!), the crude looks, the carmaker patronizing his customers (ashtrays): Uncool.

Posted by: moe Mar 26 2009, 11:46 PM

I'm with Uwe on this one.

Posted by: Bjorn Mar 27 2009, 07:58 AM

Those weird front and rear bumpers were designed to bounce in and out again on pistons in the event of an accident. Apparently they didn't work, and the bumpers became wedged inside the car in the event of an accident, making even a small shunt a very expensive repair.

An embarrassment to Canada, we should keep on doing what we do best, making Honda Civics and Porsche 356 Speedster replicas.

Although, that being said, this is almost DMC-12 cool, in that to drive one today is almost ironic.

Posted by: Synesthesia Mar 28 2009, 07:08 AM

Yeah, I don't know much about this car, but I think it's an example of a terrible car that's pretty damn cool.

Posted by: UserDrew Mar 28 2009, 04:49 PM

I think this is a horrible car. I also think it qualifies as a classic it's rare, it's interesting and I don't think the body shape is too bad. With that being said I was compelled to only give it a neutral vote because a "classic" status does not equate to coolness.

Posted by: Phix Apr 3 2009, 04:01 PM

Now osmebody vote here and we can move this bitch, too.

Posted by: porsche944 Apr 3 2009, 04:47 PM

QUOTE(Phix @ Mar 27 2009, 02:30 AM) *
I'm going with neutral. I'm very torn about this car... the gulf wing doors are always cool in my book but, eh... I raelly don't know.

"gull" wing doors always seemed obnoxious to me. Opening them in a tight parking spot? Or getting out on a busy city street? no thanks. The looks alone are enough to rule out cool for me, looks too much like an old z-car

Posted by: Marien Apr 4 2009, 05:03 AM

Gull wing doors belong only on a few cars. The Merc 300 SL and the DeLorean. The same goes for scissor doors. They belong on Lambo's and nothing else.

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