eBay Find: This Pro Street Bricklin SV-1 Is Proof That Pro Street Fixes Everything

eBay Find: This Pro Street Bricklin SV-1 Is Proof That Pro Street Fixes Everything

This 1975 Bricklin SV-1 pro street machine is probably the best use of a terrible car turned into something we’d break laws to own we have ever seen. The Bricklin SV-1 was a horrid financial disaster that did a great job of sucking 10s of millions of dollars out of the Canadian economy while producing just a couple thousand cars. The styling was compelling enough but the cars were heavy and vastly underpowered with AMC 360 engines and then Ford 351s being the engines used. The SV-1 moniker meant Safety Vehicle-1 because the car had features like 5-mph bumpers, an integrated “roll cage” and side impact crash beams and the intended purposes of the car was to be a safe and fast sports car. They ended up with a safe car that no one wanted to buy and those that did sell went out the door for a massive loss. Some reports say that the company lost the value of two cars for every one that they sold. The company was mis-managed and by 1976 it was gone, leaving the people of New Brunswick holding the bag and a big financial loss. There were a total of about 2300 of the cars sold and no one really knows how many exist today but probably not more than 1,000 as the composite bodies tended to fall apart very early in their lives so long term life expectancy is kind of a stretch.

This car is one of the few Bricklins left in the world and it is certainly the best one by a factor of 1,000, maybe 10,000. The car is painted a factory Bricklin color known as “Safety Orange” (all Bricklin colors were high impact “safety colors”). It is powered by a supercharged 496ci big block Chevy that has been dyno tested and rated at 835hp to the wheels, so it hauls serious, Big Gulp-sized buckets of ass. The 1975 Bricklin rides on a custom frame of rectangle steel tubing that has been further enhanced with a roll cage structure in the front and rear. The engine is fired by an MSD Ignition and a TCI Turbo 400 with 3,000 stall converter sends the power to a 3.73 geared Dana 60. The front suspension is Mustang II style stuff with coil over shocks, tubular a-arms, along with rack and pinion steering. The rear end is hung via-a four link style rear suspension and the wheels are Billet Specialties units on all four corners. The big rollers in the back are 29×18.5×15 Hoosier Quick Time Pros.

The paint and body on this car are flawless and that’s what makes it for us. That safety orange color is beautiful in the photos you will see below and for some bizarre reason, the car looks cosmically right with the supercharger and huge rear tires. We’re even able to look past the gawking “fat lip” 5-mph bumpers that were clumsily integrated into the body in the design of the original car because everything else is just so, so good. The interior was kept basically stock looking with upgraded gauges and nice custom seats to dress things up and make it comfy. Other than those small tweaks to the inside, the car is pretty much stock looking (aside from the blower and the big tires, of course).

Are we nuts or is this one of the coolest things you have ever laid eyes on, too? The seller is asking $40,000 for the car which is a pile of dough but to be honest we’re not sure you could built one this nice for that kind of money, especially with a custom frame and all the foundation work that went in to make this car what it is. Ok, so here are the litmus test questions. Is it cool? And, if you had $40,000 to spend, would you drop it on this car?


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eBay find: This Pro Street Bricklin SV-1 Is the Coolest Thing We Have Seen In a Long, Long Time

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12 thoughts on “eBay Find: This Pro Street Bricklin SV-1 Is Proof That Pro Street Fixes Everything

  1. Gary Smrtic

    Heck yeah its cool, and yeah, if I had 40K just burning a hole in my pocket, I’d have it. I remember when these first came out, and Havell Chrysler/Plymouth in Monroe, N.Y. carried them. Even by the poor standards of the day, these were not quality cars, but they looked cool as hell..

  2. 440 6pac

    Best use I’ve seen for a total waste of investors money. But it’s not much of an improvement with Chevy engine. If I ever decide to spend $40,000 on one of them I’ll do it right with a blown Hemi.

  3. Nick D.

    There’s at least two of those that I have seen in the CNY area. One was sitting behind a shed looking pretty rundown, but there is another that is on the road

  4. Kelly

    yes i would is it still for sale also is it auto are man who would we cantact if we wanted to ask more about it????

  5. Herb

    I live just a few miles from where they were built. They weren’t even offered for sale to Canadians at the time. When the place closed, a guy got a body and used it on a stock car at a local 1/4 mile track! Our Premier at the time was nicknamed Richard “Hashfield”. Malcolm Bricklin bamboozled him good!

  6. Jim Ford

    By far the best looking Bricklin I’ve ever seen. Still have a soft spot for Pro Street in general.

  7. Mark M

    I work in the old Bricklin Plant,its a fire hydrant manufacturer now.And no,theres no Bricklin Memorabilia left lol

  8. C Royer

    not surprised no bids, be lucky to get $20K, PRO STREET really does make everything look better–good luck to the seller

  9. Dan Woods

    Brian, nice to see the interest in Bricklin’s. Hate to correct you on a couple things but, the car didn’t fail because of a poor design. The design is outstanding. Just ask any Delorian or TR7 owner. Wedges were cool. It didn’t sell because it was a 4,000 pound brick, from a new manufacturer, released at the beginning of the gas crisis with a guzzler V8. Still, the SV1 has one of the highest percentages of survivor rates. 3,200 were made and over 1,800 still exist. What’s the 65 Mustang ratio like? 25 or 30 percent? People did like them. They bought them and stored them as though they were immediate collector items. The car was rushed to market by it’s financial backers. It needed another year of R&D but, the banks wouldn’t allow it. So, the car went out early with problems. We all know the cost of fixing vehicle problems sky rocket at the dealer level. AMC pulled back supplying engines (research Tucker Automobile for how that happens) after only releasing 1,000 units. The engine switched to the 351 Windsor in year 2 and the beginning of year 3, making the car even more “Canadian”. At the 2012 Russo and Steel auction in Phoenix, my Bricklin sold for $32,000. What’s so hard about expecting $40,000 for this beauty three years later? Here’s a link: http://www.hubgarage.com/mygarage/challywood/vehicles/21733

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