Gas Monkey Garage Selling 1975 Bricklin SV-1 Barn Find, But It Needs Some Love
Boy, the 1970's was a weird decade for cars, wasn't it? Take this 1975 Bricklin SV-1 for example, it looks like a Nissan 300 ZX mated with a DeLorean DMC-12 that's eating a hotel air conditioning unit. I guess that's a compliment seeing as the SV-1 predates both of those cars, but there are plenty of design touches that make the SV-1 a head scratcher of an automobile. The Bricklin SV-1 was the brainchild of smooth talking American businessman Malcom Bricklin, whom you may know as the founder of Subaru Of America, or the guy who thought importing Yugo's to the U.S. was a good idea. Bricklin originally conceived the SV-1 to be an extremely safe and economical sports car, and he succeed in achieving part of his vision. The SV stands for Safety Vehicle and, thanks to an integrated roll cage, 5 mph bumpers, and side beams, the car was in fact safe as the name implied. It was also economical because the AMC 360 V8 used in 1974 and Ford Windsor 351 V8 used in 1975 and 1976 were bled dry of all their power by strict emissions laws. As a result, the SV-1 failed to achieve the third part of Bricklin's vision, being a true sports car. The damn thing was slow enough to land it on Time's 50 Worst Vehicles Of All Time list. RELATED: The Bricklin SV-1 Was Flawed, But Oh So Cool
But nonetheless, this one is for sale on eBay. It comes straight out of Dallas, Texas' Gas Monkey Garage and costs a cool $5,000. Get you some of that Bricklin.
As you might expect, the interior is in rough shape after 30 years in a barn. You could argue that the interior was in rough shape when it was new, too. It's pure mid-70s inside; olive green carpet and button adorned seats and everything. Since this is a 1975 model, it has a 3-speed automatic transmission, which was the only option following the sale of just 137 SV-1s equipped with a 4-speed manual in 1974.
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If you're looking for an oddball restoration project, a Bricklin SV-1 definitely ticks that box. How many cars have interesting details such as the lack of a cigarette lighter or ashtray, because the company founder thought smoking while driving was dangerous? How about being sold unpainted and giving customers their choice of five exterior colors through the use of fibreglass panels with bonded acrylic paint?
The Bricklin SV-1 may have been a financial failure, and not been particularly capable as a sports car, but it is unquestionably imbued with the spirit of the '70s.
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