On this day in auto history – June 28th

Mon 28th Jun 2021

It was on this day in 1974 that one of the most infamous vehicles of the 1970’s was introduced, the Bricklin SV-1.

The brainchild of American entrepreneur Malcolm Bricklin, the SV-1 - a premium sports car with an emphasis on safety - was produced in New Brunswick, Canada and caused a stir in the motoring world owing to its unique gull-wing doors.

Having garnered favourable press initially owing to its class-leading safety features - SV actually stood for ’safety vehicle’ - the car was said to match the best Corvettes of the day performance-wise but a lack of build-quality quickly became apparent.

Bricklin was soon plagued with manufacturing issues and, having only managed to make 3000 in two years, the company went into receivership owing the New Brunswick government - who helped bankroll the venture - over $20 million.

Despite the fiasco, Bricklin SV-1’s retain a cult following among some American sports car enthusiasts owing to their relative rarity and can still change hands for tens of thousands of dollars.