Who would want to buy one of the best examples of a failed classic? Well, this 40-year-old sports car was so heavy that its weight messed up the power of its engine. The cleanest sample yet of the Bricklin SV-1 is currently available at eBay.com for around $42,900 as a starting bid.
This car on sale is one of the fewer than 3,000 Bricklin SV-1 sports coupes that were produced by North American carmaker DBA Bricklin in New Brunswick, Canada. This car is particularly famous for its three main attributes. First, it features a very distinct and attractive design, which includes the use of a gull-wing door. As designed by Herb Grasse, the Bricklin SV-1 is the only production car that featured factory-powered hand-removable gull-wing doors that could be opened or closed with a press of a button. In any case, the design of this Bricklin SV-1 sports coupe was futuristic.
Its name SV-1 actually means Safety Vehicle One, as it was conceived to provide the blueprint of the safer car of the future. As you might have guessed, it is laden with an array of safety elements. Its creator, Malcolm Bricklin (yes, the founder of Subaru of America) wanted the SV-1 to be as safe as possible, as he promised to deliver high performance safety cars. Thus, the Bricklin SV-1 is provided with an integrated roll cage, side beams and 5 mph (8.0 km/h) bumpers. Its body is even made of fiber glass. Safety measures included the absence of a cigarette lighter or ashtray, meant to discourage smoking while driving.
Third, Bricklin SV-1 is famous for being utterly slow; despite being touted as a high performance safety car (safety was there but an impressive performance wasn’t). This is primarily because Bricklin has installed hundreds of pounds of safety features, without considering the fact that its V8 engines couldn’t eke out much power because of emissions standards. At best, the engine could provide 220 hp of output and 427 Nm of torque. But since the SV-1 has a curb weight of more than 3,500 lbs, it became so slow that it could accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in around 10 seconds. Well, one could argue that the slowness of the SV-1 could be one of its safety features.
Due to the company’s financial collapse in 1976, production of the SV-1 was stopped.
Now, let us go back to the Bricklin SV-1 that is on eBay. While it was built in 1975, the sports coupe somehow retained its beauty. If you take a look at it, you might mistake it for a brand new unit.
It looked more like a project from an enthusiast who decided to build a copy of the SV-1 from scratch. In addition, this has only logged around 1,800 miles on its odometer. According to the seller, this 1975 Brinklin SV-1 is all original including its tires. Its pristine condition is thanks to the car being held in a climate-controlled storage since it was acquired in 1975.