For Bricklin information
Bricklin International is the owner and enthusiasts site for all things Bricklin. It is an excellent source of concise information about the car, and its development. The Resources pages on the site include a lot of technical information useful to Bricklin owners. I urge you to visit the site as you consider your purchase of a Bricklin classic gull-wing car: http://bricklin.org/index.htm
Background on this vehicle
The Bricklin listed here is a 1975, number 1643. This puts it roughly in the middle of the total production run of 2854 cars. Of these, Bricklin.org says there are about 1500 left, so this is a relatively rare vehicle.
I purchased this car from its original owner, who bought it from Jim Witt Pontiac-GMC in Lowell, MA. Witt was also a Bricklin dealer. When I acquired the car it had 1,025 miles on the odometer. At the time of this posting, the odometer is at 19,090 miles. I still drive the car, so the miles will be a bit higher when you buy it. It is insured and licensed as a “daily” driver.
The body is original – color-impregnated acrylic panels laminated to fiberglass. Because the color is in the acrylic, the car is not painted. Reference Bricklin.org for more detailed information on this unique feature.
The engine is a stock Ford 351 Windsor 2-barrel mated to a three-speed automatic.
The title is clear.
The original owner replaced the radiator which had developed a leak while kept in storage. Before I took delivery I had the original hydraulic door-lift system switched to pneumatic lift. This was done by Bob Hoffman at Bob's Brickyard in Milford, MI. The “air door” conversion is considered an upgrade and virtually all Bricklin owners eventually make this conversion. Bob also installed the center console which you will see in the photographs. I still have the original parking brake and shifter covers and they are included in the purchase in the event you want to reinstall these stock features.
Once I received the car I had the following service performed:
brakes serviced which included replacing the rear wheel cylinders
master cylinder rebuilt
all hoses and belts inspected and replaced as needed
Bosch platinum-tipped spark plugs installed
new grease zerks installed
cooling system flushed and new coolant installed
installed heat shield under the carpet
a spare tire, mounted on a used wheel was installed (Bricklins did not come with a spare)
I had a cover for the spare fabricated, along with a case for the jack - see the accompanying photographs
replaced the original BF Goodrich Radial T/A rayon cord tires with new Radial T/A nylon cord tires
When I took delivery of the car, one of the headlights would pop open overnight. I had the headlight control valve replaced with an OEM Corvette controller (this was Bricklin's OEM retractable headlight controller) and have had no further problems with the retractable headlighs.
Over time, I've had the heater core replaced and recently replaced the water pump and the top and bottom radiator hoses.
I have the original "Safety Latch" covers that snap over the manual door latch lever on the inside of each door (see photos). I've not seen these in any other Bricklins.
The wheels are Bricklin OEM and include the original center caps with the paper Bricklin logo.
The radio is an OEM replacment and it works, although the clock does not. The motor drive in these clocks can be cleaned and the clock should work. The antenna is OEM Bricklin. The antenna is retracted or extended manually. When retracted, there is a special key that releases the mast lock when inserted in the antenna base. See the photos for images of the mast retracted and extended.
Your purchase will include the original Bricklin dealer brochure, the vehicle's window sticker, the original keys (as well as the copy I've always used), a door lock key and the antenna mast key. Also included with the car is the Bricklin International Owners Club Concours D'Elegance Rules, and an optical disk with several service manuals in .pdf format, including an electrical diagram.
This car will make an ideal project for the serious enthusiast or collector. It's in good mechanical condition – you could drive it home if you wanted to. Most of the issues that need attention are cosmetic. I've listed these below,
Both doors need to be straightened so they mate with the body properly. This is not uncommon for unrestored Bricklins.
The rear hatch has lost its curvature and does not properly clear the roof when opened. While there may be other ways to deal with this, the easiest fix I've found is to simply replace the hatch with a new fiberglass reproduction.
There are a few blemishes in the acrylic outer skin. These appear in the photos as a yellow-ish smudge against the orange body color.
There is a small white smudge on the driver's seat.
One of the doors has a break in the skin on the top of the car. It appears that the door was lowered with some object blocking the door from closing all the way. The object pushed up against the acrylic and cracked it. That's just my opinion as to the cause.
The original Bricklin logo is missing from the horn button.
There are some minor paint chips on the front bumper. This is a hard rubber casting and, unlike the body panels, the bumper was painted at the factory. It could be easily repainted.
Both outside rear view mirrors are sun-faded and also should be repainted.
The left front fender trim (ahead of the wheel well) is missing.
The original finish on the instrument panel was a special paint that was supposed to look like suede. However it was virtually impossible to clean and showed finger prints. The instrument panel on my car should be either repainted, or covered with one of the aftermarket wood overlays.
The original Bricklin door sill covers were plastic and easily broken. Mine are no exception. They're held in place with sheet metal screws. Replacements are readily available. Alternatively, you could have a pair fabricated from aluminum for a much more permanent installation.
Terms of Sale
Cash, CERTIFIED Check, or Cashier's Check only. Buyer is responsible for pickup and transportation of the vehicle.