• Jul 20, 2007
click on the picture above to see a gallery of 15 shots

No, we're not talking about what happens when Malcolm gets together with the rest of the clan, but it is a family gathering of sorts. The Bricklin SV-1, Bricklin's 1970s stab at a safety GT, of course has a cult following. How could you deny the coolness of these low-slung, gullwing-door, V8 coupes? This weekend, in the North Central Massachusetts hamlet of Leominster, about 40 SV-1s are expected, along with Malcolm Bricklin and the man responsible for the styling, Herb Grasse, for the Bricklin International Owner's Club's 2007 Bricklin International Gathering East. The cars have been trickling in to town all day, and we managed to snap a few shots at the hotel this evening. We'll be going back, armed with more photo and video gear on Saturday, so these quick shots are just to whet your appetite. There will be more SV-1s present, and likely several DeLoreans when we go back, and next year, both marques are teaming up to have an extravaganza in Gettysburg, PA. If you like your iconoclastic GTs shaped like doorstops, don't miss it!

Thanks for the heads up, Toby!





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      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah, funky build, lots of cheap parts, bad design on lots of stuff, but still a really cool car. I wanted one when I graduated High School in 1975, but couldn't afford it. Just bought 2 of them this year, both in terrible shape, but thanks to Terry Tanner, one of the original engineers, both are on their way to driveable. They DO look very cool. Uncomfortable ride for a 50 year old, but EVERYONE I meet thinks they are a fun car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Heyy!! Its one of the Few Canadian made car out there...it should be mentionned at least!
        • 7 Years Ago
        haha, that's pretty cool.... and come to think of it, my junior prom was at that hotel in the background.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They are pretty cool cars, why did they fail? I can see a Farah Faust type lady getting out of one of those. Yea gull wing doors!!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's a good question. The SV-1 had poor build quality, underpeformed, and cost much more than the Chevy C3. I have an issue of Motor Trend that featured a comparo with the two. The Bricklin was slow and uncomfortable. It was an interesting car, but one not though out. Bricklin had struck a deal to develop the car in New Brunswick (I believe), but sales were sluggish and the facilities shut down. I saw a green one at a donation lot. It was in bad shape, but the thought of fixing it up did cross my mind. No more than 2,900 were built.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "They are pretty cool cars, why did they fail?" They failed because they weren't very good. The Bricklin was cheaply made (the build quality of a kit car), ugly as sin, handled poorly and used drum brakes at the year when real Sports and GT cars had been using discs all a round for more than a decade.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Um...

      You mean V6 coupes!

      Peugeot, Renault, Volvo V6 to be specific.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Oops!

        You are right! My bad!
        • 7 Years Ago
        The '74 models have an AMC 360 while the '75 models have a 351 Ford
        • 7 Years Ago
        Bricklins have either AMC or Ford V8s. DeLoreans had the PRV, yes.