Old Bricklin Brochure Gives You Another Reason Not To Smoke

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In the secret dead drop location my team of automotive crap locators uses to get me various treasures of automotive craphemera, I recently found something fascinating: an old Bricklin brochure. Bricklins are always sort of fascinating, but there’s something especially interesting in this brochure, and it has to do with smoking.

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One of the big goals of the gull-winged Bricklin was to be a very safety-focused car, which is why it has those weird, big bumpers that can deform into special sockets on the car, for example.

According to the brochure, safety is also why no Bricklin came with a cigarette lighter—a pretty notable omission in the smoketastic 1970s. The brochure cites the health risks of smoking, but not the boring old cancer risks we’ve all heard before:

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That’s a much more exciting risk than lung cancer. Really, that’s the sort of risk that should have been included on cigarette pack warning labels.

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That would keep the kids off the smokables.

Senior Editor, Jalopnik • Running: 1973 VW Beetle, 2006 Scion xB, 1990 Nissan Pao, 1991 Yugo GV Plus, 2020 Changli EV • Not-so-running: 1977 Dodge Tioga RV (also, buy my book!: https://rb.gy/udnqhh)

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Slightly on-topic: the most hilarious thing I’ve ever seen while driving was when I was stopped at a red light. The woman in the car next to me casually tossed a lit cigarette butt out the window of her car while talking on the cell phone. A chill, Jimmy Buffet- looking dude who was crossing the street in front of us frowned, walked over, picked up the glowing trash, and tossed it back into her lap.

Hysterical shrieking ensued, and her entire car shook as she tried to remove her ass from what had to be a toasty little spot cheerfully burning its way through her seat fabric. The man leaned toward her window, casually said “Don’t throw your burning shit on the street”, and walked away.