Illustration for article titled This 1975 Bricklin SV-1 May Be Your Cheapest Way Into Gull-Wing Ownership

The Bricklin SV-1 is the best Canadian gull-wing door sports car because I’m fairly sure it’s the only Canadian gull-wing sports car. Here’s your chance to own a piece of automotive history with this rare 1975 Bricklin SV-1 for sale on eBay, and as of right now it’s pretty cheap.

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This orange example of futuristic 1970s engineering has only 85,000 miles on it and is currently listed at $3,000. The Bricklin is powered by a Ford 351 cubic-inch V8 that’s paired with an automatic transmission.

I can hear you all groaning about the slushbox. I don’t want to hear it. Where else can you get a gull-wing sports car with pop-up headlights that looks like it rolled right out of Blade Runner?

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I personally have always loved the Bricklin SV-1. It’s so strange looking compared to every other car and reminds me of a fourth generation Corvette combined with a Datsun Z-car but made in Canada. The first time I ever saw a Bricklin, I remember thinking “What is that?” and “I need one.”

Illustration for article titled This 1975 Bricklin SV-1 May Be Your Cheapest Way Into Gull-Wing Ownership

The “SV” stood for “safety vehicle.” SV-1s were even equipped with an internal roll cage just in case your track days got a little out of hand.

It’s unfortunate that the Bricklin was a failure due to astronomic production costs and sub-standard building materials. As a result, only around 3000 SV-1s were ever made and it’s believed fewer than 500 exist today in 2017. Regardless of quality, this Bricklin is a very rare car.

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If I had to spend $3,000 on a Canadian sports car, I’d buy this SV-1.

Lance Tedford spends his energies working on his 1985 Chrysler LeBaron. He is extremely tall and can never die.

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