Malcom Bricklin thought he could do it better, that he could predict the future by inventing it himself. The SV-1 (SV = Safety Vehicle) looks like it’s from 1980, a full six years ahead of its actual launch.
The acrylic-bonded-to-fiberglass construction was ahead of its time, as were the integrated roll cage and 5-mph bumpers. It beat the next failed eponymous wannabe sports car to the whole gull-wing doors thing, too. The Bricklin’s flappers were even powered, a feature never seen before or since. Good thing, too: they weighed 100lbs each.
Alas, that From the Future pointy front end had some airflow issues, resulting in chronic overheating. The acrylic-fiberglass construction wasn’t ready for prime time, resulting in painfully slow production rates. The company went into receivership after just 3 model years of operation.
But don’t let the extinct company, unrepairable body, or overall flawed design scare you away. The upside to Bricklin’s upstart status meant the SV-1 was an assemblage of Big 3 off-the-shelf parts. The front and rear suspension come from AMC. Provided you can avoid even the slightest bit of body damage, parts should be regularly available from your local Ford or AMC dealer. Because we’ve all got AMC dealers nearby, right?
Our seller didn’t even bother to title his Craigslist post with a hint of Bricklin, instead going for the more common (but mystifying) “Ford Corvette”. Thinking “no, you idiot…” we click through to learn today’s example is powered by the semi-ubiquitous Ford 351C and FMX automatic (because the Windsor and C6 are just too mainstream). The seller just finished up a new Flowmaster-equipped exhaust for it. For the bargain price of $4950 (OBO), you can have a car that’s one of less than 1000, along with the privilege of ceaselessly pointing out it’s not a Nissan/Datsun 300ZX.
So why open with a Bricklin? Now we’ve got nowhere to go but up.
[Alas, the craigslist ad went down as I wrote this (if you're the buyer please let us know how it works for you!)]