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You know Malcom Bricklin, right? He’s the guy who started Subaru of America and brought the Yugo to America, too. Between those two iconic moments of automobile heroics, he also developed his own radical, wedge-shaped, gull-winged sports car years before DeLorean—the SV-1. The SV-1 is a pretty fascinating car, and while it deserves a deep dive at some point, right now I just want to relay six gloriously weird facts about the car for you. So, you know, maybe sit over a dropcloth.
The SV-1 was built between 1974 and 1975 or so, and just under 3,000 were made. It was intended to be an interesting mix of sports car and advanced safety car: that’s why it has that huge energy-absorbing bumper at the front end, and an integrated roll cage.
Also for safety reasons, Bricklin stipulated no ashtray or cigarette lighter. Maybe he would call you to be sure you were getting enough fiber in your diet, too, but I can’t prove that.