It’s up for sale on eBay with an asking price of $42,900 (approx. $57,600 CAD).
Safety is sexy. That phrase was never more true than with the introduction of the Bricklin SV-1. Dreamt up by automotive pioneer Malcolm Bricklin – the same man responsible for bringing Subaru into the U.S. – the SV-1 hit the scene in 1974, and touted its many safety features, including an integrated roll cage, 5 mile-per-hour (8 kilometre-per-hour) bumpers, and side beams.
Unfortunately, that safe thinking didn’t translate into sales. All that added equipment made the car too heavy to compete, and production folded in 1975 after just two years. Less than 420 original cars are known to still exist. Of those remaining examples, this one could be the most pristine. With just 1,800 original miles (2,897 kilometres) on the odometer, it's up for sale on eBay and has a asking price of $42,900 (approx. $57,600 CAD).
It’s in absolutely immaculate condition. The seller says the car has been kept in a climate-controlled garage since new, and has all the original features – including the exterior finish, wheels, and tires. Under the hood is a Ford 5.7-litre Windsor V8 that came on the car when new, and is able to produce a respectable 220 horsepower. Like all 1975 models, this one uses an automatic transmission.
One of its defining features were the gullwing doors, which remain in working condition. The seats are finished in a two-tone quilted brown leather, while the dash, door panels, and centre console wear the same design. The original steering wheel remains, as do all of the original gauges.
For $42,900, it’s not exactly the cheapest option on the market – other examples typically retail for about $20,000 (approx. $27,000 CAD) – but it is the cleanest we’ve one ever ever seen. So if you're into obscure '70s sports cars, this might be the one for you.