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Transcript for ‘Bricklin SV-1 - Automobile 2010’

American promoter Malcolm Bricklin always wanted to build his very own American designed sports car.

He has a passion for both business and automobiles. But over the years, his reputation has dwindled. Though his head is filled with great concepts he has difficulty bringing them to the finish line. Lured by guaranteed loans of $2,880,000, and another $500,000 for a 51% control of the shares by the government, he opens acrylic body fabrication plants in St. John and Minto, New Brunswick.

The Government at the time, while involved in the endeavour of building this automobile, soon begins to have its doubts. Meanwhile, Malcolm Bricklin is spending like a sailor while maintaining an eccentric lifestyle. He uses private planes and sleeps in the most luxurious hotels. Eventually, production is delayed due to technical problems with items such as the butterfly doors and the poor quality of the body work, just to name a few.

During this time, the designer exhibits the automobile everywhere he can, but clients still can’t get their hands on one. The Bricklin is supposed to cost around $4,000, but the price tag soon climbs up to $7,500, and then finally settles at just around $10,000.

Design problems quickly appear on the first units to hit the streets. Of note, the acrylic fiberglass body changes shape according to the weather. The doors won’t close properly, and uneven body joints make it look like a home made car…

Ironically, during the events of September 11th 2001, many airplanes had to be rerouted towards Moncton. Among the passengers, a certain Malcolm Bricklin, who had previously sworn never to set foot again in New Brunswick.

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