Unfortunately, my quest to visit Betty White’s Cadillac at the AACA Museum in Hershey fell flat (it was in storage rather than in the museum) … but I did score a few vehicles that weren’t present during my last trip.
When I was little, the boy who lived in the house beside my family gave me a green car from his collection with gull-winged doors and he won my heart forever 🙂 This shocking green 1974 Bricklin is like a Matchbox Car come to life!
from the museum placard:
Museum Collection: Joseph “Zeke” Discuillo – Coatesville, Pa)
The Bricklin was the brainchild of millionaire Malcolm Bricklin, best know for founding Subaru of America.
This gull-winged sports car was built of fiberglass in a Canadian plant. Bricklin intended the car to be both sporty and safe (SV-1 = Safety Vehicle One), incorporating impact bumpers, side beams and an integrated roll cage. Power came from either Ford 351 cid or AMC 360 cid V8s (as featured in this example).
Much like the later DeLorean, the Bricklin was plagued by financial problems and build quality issues, which resulted in poor sales. The company lost thousands of dollars on every vehicle it sold. A total of 2,854 cars were built (1974 – 1976 models) before the company went into receivership.
Manufacturer: Bricklin (St John, New Brunswick, Canada)
Base Price: $5,000 (approximate)
Eight-Cylinder, 220 hp
To see cars, scooters, and motorcycles from this (and my previous) visit; click the AACA tag at the end of this post!
Did you have Matchbox cars while you were growing-up? If so, what was YOUR favorite car?