Canadian Build Quality: 1974 Bricklin SV-1 #84 2,900 Mile Survivor – SOLD!
March 1st Update: It appears someone was willing to dip their toes into the Bricklin pool with this extremely low mileage early production car as the listing has been removed by the seller. Consequently, we’re calling this one “Sold!”
Malcolm Bricklin’s ill-fated SV-1 built between 1974 and 1975 ended up producing a total of just under 3,000 cars and number 84 was listed in Huntington, New York with only 2,900 original miles and an asking price of $6,999. A check scan of the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the current caretaker has his SV-1 priced about $200 above the #4 “Fair” (Daily Driver) estimate of $6,800.
The Bricklin SV-1 was the pipe dream of hit-or-miss entrepreneur Malcolm Bricklin wanted to build a small, affordable sports car with gullwing doors. If you’re not familiar with the name, Bricklin is mostly known for launching the Subaru brand in the U.S. in 1968 and later imported the Yugo in the mid-eighties. Not as well known is the fact that after Fiat left the U.S. market in 1982, Bricklin created International Automobile Importers (IAI) that year to continue importing the X/19 and 124 Roadster, renaming them the Bertone and the Pininfarina Azzura.
Noteworthy for gull-wing doors and color-impregnated, acrylic resin-and-fiberglass-bonded bodywork, integrated roll-over structure, and energy-absorbing bumpers, the abbreviation SV-1 stood for “safety vehicle one” as Bricklin promoted the safety of his innovative sports car. Known as the “P.T. Barnum” of the automotive world, Bricklin convinced the Province of New Brunswick in Canada to fund a manufacturing plant to build the car. After a rushed and not fully tested redesigned prototype finally entered production, the factors that led to the SV-1’s short life span included ongoing quality control problems, supplier shortages, worker absenteeism and a series of price increases that more than doubled the price of the car in two years. If you want the complete history and both sides of the story, here’s a link to a great video documentary on the Bricklin:
Being among the first one hundred Bricklins produced, this car came equipped with an AMC 360 cubic inch V8 connected to a Chrysler 727 TorqueFlite transmission. That virtually bullet-proof power train is the highlight of this car. This is the perfect example for someone looking to add an oddball sports car to their growing collection. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1974 Bricklin SV-1 VERY EARLY CAR Number 84 so its one of the first 100 cars ever built 2,900 Original Miles 360 Engine All Original Down to the tires been in storage many years runs great!!!! Being a 45 year old car is will need a some work, a few panels reglued etc. Very Very solid car nontypical Bricklin rust always stored indoors. Call 347-770-5731“
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