The Bricklin SV-1 is a two-seat sports car that was built from 1974 to late
1975. The car was noteworthy for its gull-wing doors and composite bodywork of
color-impregnated acrylic resin bonded to fiberglass. Assembly took place in
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. To promote the SV-1 as a car designed with an
emphasis on safety, the company touted such features as its integrated roll-over
structure and energy-absorbing bumpers. The car's name is an abbreviation for
"safety vehicle one".
The SV-1 was the creation of American entrepreneur
Among the factors blamed for the car's ultimate demise
were ongoing quality control problems, supplier shortages, worker absenteeism
and a series of price increases that more than doubled the price of the car in
Production of the SV-1 ended with just under 3,000 cars
built.:192 An estimated 1,700 Bricklins were surviving as of 2012.