|The car was a creation by Malcolm Bricklin,|
who had previously founded SUBURU of America
The SV-1 was manufactured from 1974 until early 1976 for the U.S. market. The Bricklin Factory was not able to produce vehicles fast enough to make a profit and as a result, only 2854 cars were built before the company went into receivership. I remember many families that received "pink slips" upon the close of both plants.
The model name (SV-1), stood for "SAFETY VEHICLE ONE".
The original idea for the Bricklin SV-1 was a safe and economical sports car, however; due to the weight of the safety features, the car was inefficient and simply a safe sports car.
The Bricklin was the only production vehicle in automotive history to have powered gull-wing doors, that opened and closed at the touch of a button. (The later DeLorean DMC-12's Gull-Winged doors were operated manually.)
The first Bricklin Concept Car, later dubbed "Grey Ghost", was built by Bruce Meyers of Meyers Manz Dune Buggy fame in California.
|BRUCE MEYERS WITH HIS FAMED "DUNE BUGGY'|