1975 Bricklin SV-1 Sports Car

Condition Used
Body Coupe
Make Bristol
Model 401
Mileage 16850 mi
Fuel type Gasoline
Year 1975
Transmission Automatic
Exterior Color Yellow
History Yes
VIN: 00051BX5S002873

This 1975 Bricklin SV-1, one of fewer than 3,000 of these iconoclastic safety sports cars ever built, and believed to be among about 1,200 known survivors, is said to have been extensively refurbished in 2019 by Fantomworks of Norfolk, Virginia, including a repaint and structural reinforcement. The seller, its second owner, states that this is among the last Bricklin cars built before production ended that year in New Brunswick, Canada, and it was originally owned by the son of the executive who liquidated the fallen automaker’s assets after production ceased. In 1975, the SV-1 was powered by the Ford Windsor-block 351-cu.in. OHV V-8. With a compression ratio of 8.1:1 and a two-barrel carburetor, the engine was rated by the manufacturer at 175 horsepower when new. The seller reports that this Bricklin’s engine is original to the car, and has been updated with unspecified aftermarket fuel injection. The engine is described to “start easily without smoke.” The Ford FMX three-speed automatic transmission is said to “shift without issue.” The engine bay presents as being acceptably clean. the paint on this SV-1 dates to 2019 and is in “perfect” condition, with no body blemishes. A major part of the refurbishment was the addition of steel reinforcement to the roof to better support the power gullwing doors, according to the seller, who notes are now powered by electric actuators that replaced the original pneumatic system. He describes the car as being “free of rust,” with no known evidence of past rust repairs. The nose of the car has been extended to cover the front bumper and the ride height slightly lowered, and an aftermarket rear wing has been added. The underside presents as being acceptably clean, with surface corrosion on several components visible in the photos. The black vinyl seating surfaces, with yellow piping, are said to be “new” to the car and show no tears or other damage. The front and rear carpeting and the headliner, with no dome light, are also described as “new.” The seller states the dashboard has all its trim and small controls, and the veneered gauge surrounds look to be in good condition. all instrumentation is functional, including a “new” AM/FM audio system. The electric door-locking mechanisms are said to operate. Both the heater and air conditioning work. The cargo area presents as being acceptably clean. The seller reports that the chassis received work during the 2018 rebuild. Per the seller, he is unaware of any suspension component damage. No functional issues are reported with the chassis or the power disc/drum brakes. The tires are said to be “almost new, with full tread remaining.”