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Bricklin SV-1

Bricklin SV-1

Bricklin SV-1

Year 1974 - 1975
Engine 5.9 litre AMC V8
Transmission 4 spd manual / 3 spd auto RWD
Max speed -
0-60 mph -
Horsepower 220 bhp @ 4400 rpm
weight 1595 kg / 3517 lbs

The Bricklin SV-1 was a sports car brought to market by Malcom Bricklin, an American Millionaire who also Founded Subaru of America.

The name SV-1 stood for Safety Vehicle - One, and as both a business and a sports car it was a failure. The production run which ran from 1974 to early 1976 yielded just 2,854 cars, many of which are still in operation thanks to a dedicated group of owners and enthusiasts.

The two-seat Bricklin SV-1 consisted of a steel chassis and a acrylic sheet/ fibre-glass body. Yet despite Bricklins desire for a safe sports car he chose to endow the SV-1 with gull-wing doors. Gull-wing doors are unsafe in a rollover accident because they trap the occupants inside.

Powering the Bricklin SV-1 is a V8 engine, the first cars were given units produced by AMC, later cars were fitted with Ford V8 Windsor engines. Neither engine provided the performance which had originally been claimed.

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