• Jul 18th 2010 at 6:33PM
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As anyone with a passing interest in automotive history can tell you, the car world is rife with the kind of drama that could keep TMZ humming for weeks. While most of those tales live in the dark annals of Wikipedia, a few of them manage to work their way into the public consciousness. Such is the case with the dark and seedy story of the Bricklin SV-1.

A playhouse in the gullwinged sports car's hometown of Fredericton, New Brunswick has decided to not only bring the story to life on stage, but to do so through song. That's right, kids: this sucker is a musical. According to The New York Times, "The Bricklin" goes for a cabaret/show car/disco vibe.

If you're wincing already, you're not alone. The principal characters include Malcolm Bricklin, of course, as well as Richard Hatfield, the gent who managed to secure most of the money for the SV-1 venture. There's also a love story involving a couple that goes to find work in Bricklin's New Brunswick production facility. Perhaps the biggest star of the show, however, is the orange SV-1 that also finds its way onstage.

"The Bricklin: An Automotive Fantasy" runs from July 27 to August 15 at The Playhouse in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      "The hills are alive with the sound of SVs"
      • 5 Years Ago
      OK, so what year is this car? I kinda like it, except the color....
      Mitch Reed
      • 3 Years Ago
      Take it from someone who has owned six of these awesome cars, to understand that appreciating the Bricklin's futuristic lines is at the center of it's appeal to many current, past, and future owners. You have to realize how bold this car was for 1974...don't you remember how shitty most cars were in 1974? Come on, this car was a breath of fresh air, but the most amazing thing is this: The car's design will be FORTY YEARS OLD EARLY THIS NEXT YEAR and one in fine condition will not only still turn heads, but will undoubtedly bring the inquisitive bystander to ask: "Is this a new 2013 model?" That is how well this car's lines have held up for nearly four frigging decades! Do you honestly think someone would ask the same question of a 1974 Corvette...or a 1974 Ferrari for that matter? Sure the car had issues, but none of them earth-shattering, dangerous, or particularly costly to correct...and I ought to know as I've said, I'm now driving around my sixth one. And sure there are plenty of crappy beaten up examples out there, that one can pick up for two to three grand, but investment grade examples are now going for up to three times their original cost and higher! I believe that before the car turns fifty in 2024, they will be going for well over six figures...their rarity alone and timeless futuristic looks will assure this. Yes, the cars were poorly finished at the factory...but here's the thing; the core design was not only good, it truly was exceptable for the era! These beauties are so safe, that even today, only two people have ever been killed in one...and that was thirty years after production ended and the two people were together when they were killed going over a cliff on a mountain road...no fault of the car was involved either! The owners simply networked with one another through Bricklin International, and essentially by trial and error at first, reengineered the cars few major issues. So today, it's very easy to find a totally debugged car at a fairly reasonable cost...and those are the ones to seek out if you plan on purchasing one. A perfect example of what I mean is the car's Gull Wing doors. Many don't realize that even today, the Bricklin SV-1 is the only Gull Wing sports car in the world manufactured with energized Gull Wings...meaning they lift and lower through power and not manually! Even the current MB Gull Wing at nearly three hundred grand, still uses 'manual' operation! In light of the advancements that the Bricklin owners themselves engineered into their revised system of using air ballast, just like in a submarine, it's truly ironic that Mercedes failed to pick up on this revised and nearly bulletproof system. Trust me guys, there is no finer 'babe magnet' in the world today than pulling up in front of some nightclub and popping these bird-of-prey wings up in front of a line of waiting ladies...you'll have one on your arm for sure by the time you make it to the bar! Naturally I speak from experience.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Obscure cars for 300 alex....

      what car is more obscure then the delorian...

        • 5 Years Ago

        SUMFOO1 - I thought it was rather funny. it clearly flew over Mundotaku's head.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I though it was funny too.

        Whats even more sad is that mundotaku apparently has never watched Jeopardy...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bricklin was built in Saint John N.B. (not St.John's or St. John). Saint John is located just down the river from Fredericton, on Bay of Fundy which has some of the highest tides in the world (50ft is not uncommon). It is also where the Fog Horn was invented and has Canada's oldest the oldest indoor market and public museum.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I always liked the look of these cars. Then I got to see one up close. There plastic bodies do not age well. A small sports car dealer a few miles away has a white one, looks good from a distance but up close you can see the body is severely warped with a ton of hairline cracks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When they came out I mocked them as a glorified kit car, and bought a de Tomaso Pantera, which was the worst nightmare I have ever "owned" (the dealer "owned" it more than I did, that is the service department.) Anyway, about this car, I find that its rather quirky styling has "aged" rather well, it looks better to me all the time. Not talking, mind you, about quality or anything else about which I know nothing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Might be worth the road trip to Fredericton (I'm in Nova Scotia - not that far, really).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Amherst, Nova Scotia here what what and finished my degree in Fredericton , I may make the trip also
      • 5 Years Ago
      To say that Fredericton is the Bricklin's hometown is not entirely accurate. The Bricklin bodies were built in Minto, which is about 50 km east of Fredericton, while the cars themselves were manufactured in Saint John which is 100 km southeast.

      Interestingly enough, the theatre putting on the production is directly across the street from the New Brunswick Provincial Legislature, where Richard Hatfield's office was located.
        • 5 Years Ago
        When I was in high school, I saw one at a dealership. Lucky that I didn't try the door! I may not have survived the seventies!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I see one of these, in orange, and almost mint condition every once in a while. Every time I see it, it's parked outside of the gold's gym here in Wilmington, NC!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The door was giving him problems, so the owner bought a gym membership :D
        • 5 Years Ago
        @carmaniac, what's the point of a gym membership for door troubles? Not pushing the button hard enough?
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a craptastic interior! Fitting for 1975, I guess.
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