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Rich Sufficool
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Malcolm Bricklin's SV-1 (for Safety Vehicle) was a Canadian built two seat sports car heavily subsidized by the government of New Brunswick. Besides the gull wing doors, the car touted many safety features including shock absorbing bumpers, steel reinforced rollover protection. I guess, perhaps as another safety feature, the car came without cigarette lighter and ashtrays. There was also no provision for a spare tire. The 1974 model was powered by an AMC 360 V8 and, in 1975, with some substructure modifications, the 351 Windsor V8. Car and Driver rated its performance similar to the contemporary Corvette. The car was plagued with problems especially with the doors (battery and hydraulic pump failures) and the body work. The body was a fiberglass shell with colored acrylic (no need for paint) bonded to it. Heat and sunlight caused both delamination and the UV light that passed through the acrylic degraded the polyester fibers of the shell. With all these QC problems, production ended in late 1975.

This particular model is the "Chairman" with its signature gold trim and wheels that was to be an upscale limited edition with various upgrades including horsepower.  Only 3 prototypes were built and it never went into production.... but it does look pretty cool.

Bricklin BLKGLD 001
Bricklin BLKGLD 017 001
Bricklin BLKGLD 008
Bricklin BLKGLD 006
Bricklin BLKGLD 014
Bricklin BLKGLD 015
Bricklin BLKGLD 021
Bricklin BLKGLD 026
Bricklin BLKGLD 003

 


   
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Frank Reed
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Cool model and history!😎👍

Frank Reed
Chesapeake, VA


   
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David H
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  Thanks for the fine pictures and good history, Rich.  As a styling exercise, the Bricklin deserves an A, and perhaps another as a series of technological experiments and applications.  As for the results?  Well, I guess we just have to look at production figures.  Looks like a fine model!


   
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Bob Jackman
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The model looks far better than the 1/1 IMO.


   
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I have the green version with a small broom attached to the underside of the base.

Guess what that was used for............ Laughing Out Loud  


   
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Rich Sufficool
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@joop to keep the door from hitting you on the head.


   
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David Green
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Beautiful model Rich and a really informative post with your usual excellent photography. The car is an interesting vehicle. It is too bad so many problems led to an early demise. New Brunswick made a significant investment with high hopes, that ultimately came to nought.


   
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Harv Goranson
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I went with Safety Orange, perhaps the most popular 1/1 color.

Automodello AM BRI SV1 Bricklin
1975 Bricklin SV 1

   
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Mark Lampariello
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Well, it indeed looked far ahead regarding crashworthiness.


   
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