For Sale: 1975 Bricklin SV 1 in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Vehicle Description

1975 Bricklin SV-1 - Safety Red over Cloth Interior - Ford 351 Windsor V8 - Gull Wing Doors with Upgraded Air Hydraulics - Automatic Transmission - Air Conditioning - 50k Miles - Recently Restored: Paint, Fuel Tank, Carpet, Tires, and Battery - Rare Find: Only Produced for Three Years (Please note: If you happen to be viewing this 1975 Bricklin SV-1 on a website other than our Garage Kept Motors site, it's possible that you've only seen some of our many photographs of the car due to third-party website limitations. To be sure you access all the more than 150 photographs, as well as a short start-up and walk-around video, please go to our main website: Garage Kept Motors.) Hagerty Media tells the Bricklin story: The Bricklin SV-1 was conceived in 1973, when the U.S. auto industry was in a slump due to fuel shortages, emissions regulations, and increased safety requirements. Subaru importer Malcolm Bricklin believed there was a seam in the market for a safe and individual sports car, so he persuaded the Canadian government to invest money for construction of such a car in depressed New Brunswick. Cost overruns and quality control problems with the inexperienced workforce led to eventual bankruptcy. The first Bricklins were built in 1974, and the factory shut down in late 1975.... Despite looking like a mid-engine two-seater, the Bricklin squeezed an AMC 360-cid V-8 under the car's sharply sloping hood. Later cars had a Ford 351 V-8 but only the first year offered a four-speed transmission. The bumpers at both ends of the car were massive urethane bolsters and the body was fiberglass, with color molded in. The doors were electro-hydraulically operated gullwings that weighed a hefty 100 pounds apiece. The Bricklin was introduced at $7,900, rising to $9,995 for the last models. The 'SV' (for 'Safety Vehicle') part of the name was backed up by the car's steel cage and big bumpers. Color choices were bold in virulent orange, yellow, and green, red and white, and tan. Interiors were typical 1970s, with button-tufted faux suede seats and AMC gauges. In all, 2,897 cars were sold before the bailiffs appeared on the doorstep. A political scandal followed amid claims that the Canadian government had been trying to keep the factory open until the next election. A great deal more Bricklin-related information is available online at: Offered here is a 1975 Bricklin SV-1 in Safety Red over tan. Recently restored, the Bricklin's odometer shows 50,699 miles, roughly just 1,100 miles per-year on average since new. With fewer than 3,000 ever produced, this well-maintained gull-winged-door bit of automotive history from the Seventies is a legitimate-and rare-bit of automotive history. The exterior Safety Red finish shows well across all the car's exterior panels, with gloss-black accenting the lower body and bumpers (the rear bumper is entirely black). The paint finish has been very well treated through the years and now exhibits near-showroom condition free of scrapes or other damage. (To best assess the quality of the paint and trim finishes, please be sure to view the close-up photographs of the car in the accompanying gallery.) The limited chrome trim on the car has also been treated well. All factory badging-including the stylized B emblems in front and on the front fenders and the Bricklin badge on the rear-is properly in place. Tinted cabin glass (including on the bespoke gull-wing doors and large, strut-supported rear hatchback) is free of cracks or other damage. Lighting lenses (including on the pop-up headlights) are similarly undamaged. Factory turbine-style, 15-inch alloy wheels (with B-emblem center caps) are mounted with BFGoodrich® Radial T/A raised-white-letter tires. The car's tan-themed interior has been cared for with the same attention as its body. The condition of the button-tufted faux suede

Vehicle Details

  • 1975 Bricklin SV 1
  • Listing ID:CC-1553463
  • Price:$24,900
  • Location:Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Year:1975
  • Make:Bricklin
  • Model:SV 1
  • Exterior Color:Safety Red
  • Interior Color:Cloth
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:50699
  • Stock Number:21GKM452
  • VIN:00011BX5S002638

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Garage Kept Motors
420 36th St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49548
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