Daily Features

APRIL 2018: 1975 BRICKLIN SV-1—A CANADIAN COMES HOME

By on April 4, 2018
IMGP0888

IMGP0888

 

Bricklins were an experiment in private and public funding that didn’t pay off but it did produce an iconic car in a short history.

 

The company left the New Brunswick government holding the bag on a multi-million dollar debt and it still angers up residents of that Canadian province.

 

Despite the uneven business path behind the car, Ken Forsythe studied the history of the Bricklin and it made him want to bring one home to Canada.

 

IMGP0880

 

Ken started his research on these gull-wing cars and he was highly impressed with them so he started a search for a Bricklin. He found a great example nine years ago with only 12,500 original miles so he didn’t hesitate—he jumped in his truck, drove to Portland and came back to Canada with a 1975 Bricklin SV-1.

 

IMGP0885

 

He’s a walking Google search on these Canadian-built sports cars so he recites information on them with ease. He know there were only five colors available and they were all acrylic so it was permanent plus there was a commemorative Bricklin coin plus “two guys bought all the parts after the bankruptcy”.

 

IMGP0877

 

Ken’s biggest issue is the confusion between these cars and the DeLorean. He has Bricklin SV-1 placed all over the car at a show even down to the custom floor mats but at least once a show he has to explain how “it’s a Bricklin—not a DeLorean”.

 

IMGP0883

 

Ken said they sold many of the Bricklins “around the eastern seaboard” so this West Coast example was a rare find.

 

ad-MSCC Logo

 

This was a very clean example and he said it really “needed nothing” but he did a little detailing to bring it up to his standards. He put new carpet in the Bricklin plus he “pulled the motor” so he could detail it and he did the brakes.

 

Ken is a big fan of the 351 Cleveland under the hood because they are bulletproof and easy to work on plus they deliver decent power. He kept the factory two-barrel as part of the “keep it original” philosophy.

 

IMGP0882

 

This is a driving machine and Ken exploits that side of his Bricklin any chance he gets. One of his most memorable experiences was when he drove his beloved Bricklin on the Road America track in Wisconsin.   

 

IMGP0887

 

Ken didn’t hold back on the Bricklin—he said he “wound it right up” and the only thing that held him back was some serious brake fade. He described the driving experience as “Vettish” because he’s driven 70s era Corvettes and this car was “very similar”, in his opinion because you “sit so low and the hood is so similar to a Vette—it’s more old school sports car”.

 

IMGP0879

 

Ken drives the Bricklin on regular roads at “whatever the road will handle” so highway speeds (or better) are easy to attain in this unique car. He likes to take the car out any chance he gets so he “drives it every day because the more you drive old cars, the better they run”.

 

IMGP0881

 

He’s patient with the spectators this car gets because it’s a people magnet every time he stops for gas. He said it “commands a lot of attention” so Ken knows he’ll be answering a lot of questions any time he parks his Bricklin.

 

IMGP0889

 

Ken was happy to bring his Bricklin home even though he says they never sold them in Canada because it’s a piece of history he can drive every day.

 

Jerry Sutherland

 

CLICK HERE to Like us on Facebook

 

CLICK HERE to Follow us on Twitter

 

CLICK HERE to Follow us on Pinterest

print

31602 Total Views 2 Views Today

About admin

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Facebook

Featured Ads

Rear View Mirror

OCTOBER 28, 2015: QUESTIONS YOU NEED TO ASK ABOUT A CHOP

  One of the trickiest equations in the car hobby is the custom look.   One car guy’s concept of a dream machine may be another car guy’s idea...

October 28, 2015 View more...
52 imgp2908

APRIL 21, 2015 (MAY 2015): A 1952 CHEVY PANEL: THE PURPOSE-BUILT TRUCK FROM THE GENERAL

  A 1952 Chevrolet panel (sedan delivery) was not built for fun family outings.   It was a working vehicle with many applications in the practical world.   These...

April 21, 2015 View more...
68 igp3671

OCTOBER 29, 2014 (FEB 2015): A MOPAR GUY PUTS HIS MECHANICAL SKILLS INTO A 1968 DODGE TRUCK PROJECT

  Mark Klein is a transmission expert and a big fan of 60s-era Dodge pickups.   He spent his childhood on the family farm where the trucks of choice...

October 29, 2014 View more...
jr-g001

APRIL 23. 2014 (MAY 2014): 1962 DODGE STATION WAGON: THE REAL STORY BEHIND “VACATION”

  The movie “Vacation” was based on a typical baby boomer family vacation to Wally World with some Hollywood overtones like motel robberies, hostage-taking and armed conflict with police....

April 23, 2014 View more...

Most Viewed

My Star Showcase

news-mill-jjmscc_Neon-001

SIGN UP FOR THE MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR DAILY NEWSLETTER!

SIGN UP FOR THE MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR DAILY NEWSLETTER!   Are you too busy to check out MSCC regularly? That’s too bad because MyStarCollectorCar is updated every day.   You don’t...

October 25, 2017 View more...
mill-jjmscc_Neon

MSCC MARKET REPORT 2018

  MSCC MARKET REPORT 2018   Welcome to the MyStarCollectorCar Market Report.   This will be a regional look at prices for collector vehicles based on actual sales so...

August 3, 2017 View more...
products-IMGP5647

MSCC Products and Services Showcase

These are all great businesses and they support MyStarCollector Car through their advertising  so we can continue to bring you our  insight into the old car hobby 365 days...

July 13, 2016 View more...

More At My Star

MSCC APRIL 20 FIVE FOR FRIDAY—FIVE UNDERRATED CLASSIC CAR TAIL LIGHTS

    There will always be a debate about what was the coolest car ever built because there are an infinite number of choices.   Some guys may see the Hyundai Elantra as the peak of automotive style—that’s the beauty of a free society but most guys dig a little deeper for what they consider See More

BYE BYE TRI-FIVE: THE DAWN OF THE 1958 CHEVY

    The 1950s became famous when the finned car era took flight in the back nine of the decade.   GM joined in the reindeer games in a big way with their lineup and car guys witnessed the evolution of the fin on the 1955 to ’57 Chevys.   The three model years became See More

WHY THE SHOEBOX FORD WAS (AND STILL IS) A HOME RUN

  One of the most famous cars in automotive history is the Shoebox Ford.   This iconic car from the Blue Oval boys was introduced as a 1949 model and built until 1951.   The car represented a giant step in the post-war automotive era because 1949 was the first year for new car styles See More

MSCC APRIL 18 “WHAT’S IT?” WEDNESDAY: HEADLIGHTS, GRILLES –IT ALL ADDS UP

.   WELCOME TO MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR “WHAT’S IT?” WEDNESDAY FOR 2018   This is the third year for MSCC “What’s It?” Wednesday.   This feature was an overnight success back in 2016 so the only thing to do was keep it rolling in 2018.   Look for the first clue at the top of the section See More

Editor’s Picks

tail

MSCC APRIL 20 FIVE FOR FRIDAY—FIVE UNDERRATED CLASSIC CAR TAIL LIGHTS

    There will always be a debate about what was the coolest car ever built because there are an infinite number of choices.   Some guys may see...

April 19, 2018 View more...
TWO

REALITY IN THE HOBBY—WE’RE DOWN TWO MORE CAR GUYS

  The car hobby is a great world but one of its biggest enemies is found in the demographics.   There are a fair number of car guys in...

April 13, 2018 View more...
59

DO IT YOURSELF CAR APPRAISALS—YES, YOU CAN HANDLE IT

  I had my first experience with vintage car appraisals back in the late 90s with a ’59 Plymouth.   I needed an appraisal for insurance and they definitely...

March 29, 2018 View more...
duke

TALKING CARS WITH CATHERINE BACH—YES, DAISY DUKE IS DEFINITELY A CAR GIRL

  The Dukes of Hazzard ran from 1979 to 1985 and in that time this TV show became an icon to car guys.   Car guys liked this show...

March 13, 2018 View more...

Car Shows and Events

ST1
SAINT ALBERT ROCK’N AUGUST—THE BIG SHOW RETURNS AUGUST 7-11

  Rock’n August is one of Western Canada’s biggest annual car shows.   The whole community gets behind this week-long event because this is a showcase for the best...

December 16, 2017
IMG_4818
JULY 28, 2018 19th ANNUAL MICHENER ALLEN CLASSIC AND COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION

FEATURE CAR—THIS MONSTER ’69 CHARGER       The 2nd Generation Chargers are widely seen as one of the most iconic muscle cars ever built. They looked fast from...

June 19, 2017
EG-ED2018
JUNE 23, 2018 Our 11th Annual Calgary Premier Collector Car Auction at the Grey Eagle Casino!

  EG Auctions Is Proud To Present: Our 11th Annual Calgary Premier Collector Car Auction at the Grey Eagle Casino! SATURDAY MAIN EVENT June 23rd – 2018 INDOORS!!!! CONVENTION...

April 21, 2017
116-003
APRIL 2018 CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS MYSTARCOLLECTORCAR

  APRIL 1: KAMLOOPS, BC VCCC Kamloops Chapter Easter Parade   APRIL 1: EDMONTON, AB The Edmonton Antique Car Club will be Celebrating Easter with our 55th Annual Easter...

October 5, 2015

Ads

Ads responsive