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Bricklin SV1 50th Anniversary of New Brunswick Car Celebrated

Bricklin SV1

The 50th anniversary of the New Brunswick-built Bricklin SV1 has been celebrated with the Bricklin Reunion: 55 Years of the Man & His Cars in honour of Malcolm Bricklin.

The life and creations of automotive legend Bricklin have been celebrated at the American Muscle Car Museum in Melbourne, Florida.

Part of the event on Saturday, March 16th, was to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Bricklin SV1, which was assembled in New Brunswick and launched in 1974.

Malcolm Bricklin spoke at an event at the Museum Front Showroom, sharing history and stories about all the Bricklin-branded cars and particularly the fascinating backgrounds of the Bricklin SV1 and Bricklin 3EV.

The 3EV is a new pure-electric Bricklin launched in 2024 and the new design was unveiled at the reunion event.

The Bricklin SV1

Malcolm Bricklin unveiled his two-seater Bricklin SV1 sports car in 1974.

The car represented a bold departure from convention — a daring attempt to redefine the sports car paradigm. Penned by esteemed automotive designer Herb Grasse, the Bricklin SV1 combined alluring attractive design with performance and safety.

Bricklin SV1

Bricklin applied standards ahead of those the US government required in the 1970s, including exceeding U.S. crash protection standards.

The SV1 protected occupants with a tubular steel perimeter frame, roll cage, a chassis capable of withstanding high-velocity impacts without deformation, and energy-absorbing bumpers. The car didn’t include a cigarette lighter or ashtray, as Bricklin viewed smoking while driving as unsafe.

The Bricklin SV1 which was assembled in New Brunswick, Canada was commemorated by the Canadian government in 1996 with a Bricklin SV1 postage stamp and, in 2003, the Bricklin SV1 silver coin.

The Bricklin 3EV

Malcolm Bricklin once again has emerged as a trailblazer with the introduction of the Bricklin 3EV which combines affordability, value, safety, luxury, performance, and dramatic scissor doors in a groundbreaking three-wheeled electric vehicle that redefines what a personal car can look like and feel like.

Combining innovative design, cutting-edge technology, and a commitment to sustainability, the 3EV represents a bold leap in the quest for cleaner, more-efficient, fun-filled driving.

Bricklin EV3

Engineered for safety and stability, the Bricklin 3EV has a full complement of electronics and comforts for both driver and passenger. With its 275+ mile range and snappy performance, it provides a luxurious driving experience at an affordable price.

“It’s a sports car because it looks like one…and the low center of gravity so it’s fun to drive…but the idea behind it was, safety does not have to be ugly, number one…and that’s what SV1 stands for: Safety Vehicle One,” said Malcolm Bricklin.

Who is Malcolm Bricklin?

A maverick entrepreneur and automotive visionary, Malcolm Bricklin has etched his name into the annals of automotive history as a trailblazer who dared to challenge convention and redefine the industry.

In the ever-evolving landscape of transportation, Malcolm Bricklin once again emerges as an innovator with the introduction of the pure-electric Bricklin 3EV — a truly groundbreaking three-wheeled, scissor-doored electric vehicle that redefines looks, performance, and value.

The father of the coveted Bricklin SV1, Subaru of America, Yugo America, Pininfarina Spider, Bertone X1/9, and the EV Warrior e-Bike, he is one of the handful of genuine living automotive legends. Bricklin has logged more than 55 years in designing, engineering, manufacturing, importing, and marketing automobiles.

Bricklin’s first foray into the automotive world was in 1968 when he founded Subaru of America which became a major player in the U.S. automotive market, introducing American consumers to the quality and reliability of Japanese automobiles.

It was Bricklin’s next endeavor that would truly cement his status as an automotive innovator. In 1974, he unveiled the Bricklin SV1 (Safety Vehicle One), a gull-winged sports car that combined futuristic design with advanced safety features.

The SV1 boasted an innovative energy-absorbing bumper system, integrated roll cage, and high-visibility fluorescent colors for enhanced safety — a testament to Bricklin’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of automotive engineering.

Bricklin also played a significant role in importing European cars into the United States. In the 1970s, Bricklin embarked on the ambitious endeavor of bringing in vehicles from the prestigious Italian design houses Bertone and Pininfarina.

And in the 1980s, he introduced Yugo, a budget-friendly import from Yugoslavia. The Yugo was the fastest-selling European car ever, selling 163,000 in three years, the least expensive new car sold in the United States

Bricklin is now focusing his energies on the development of electric vehicles and alternative energy. With a career spanning over half a century, Bricklin’s relentless pursuit of innovation has left an indelible mark on the automotive landscape, earning him a reputation as one of the most influential figures in the field and one that will be felt for generations to come.

Visionary Vehicles, Inc.

Visionary Vehicles is a U.S.-based designer, producer, and marketer of advanced new-energy vehicles. The company, led by co-CEOs Malcolm Bricklin and William Prior, is focused on bringing affordable, personal, clean mobility to the world.

Its first product, the pioneering pure-electric Bricklin 3EV is the result of seven years of technology development, extensive market research, and design emphasizing driver and passenger safety and comfort. VISIONARY VEHICLES is also developing new propulsion solutions for its vehicles and to supply other automotive producers.

About American Muscle Car Museum

This new 123,000-square-foot complex in Melbourne, Florida houses the international collection of Mark Pieloch. Mark has been a car enthusiast for over 40 years and has amassed over 400 performance cars that range from classic 1950s to 1970s American muscle cars to modern muscle like a 2022 Ford GT. Imports are represented also.