if you ever see a Bricklin


If there’s one car that people love to hate (and secretly love anyway), it’s the Bricklin. The Bricklin was a gull-winged sportscar built in New Brunswick between 1974 and 1976. Only about 2,800 cars came off the production line before the whole operation came to a grinding halt, and the New Brunswick government — which had supported the enterprise — was left holding the bag (it lost more than $4 million on this dream).

For years, the Bricklin was a joke. But now, with the passing of time and grudges, the Bricklin is suddenly enjoying a resurgence in public interest, buoyed in no small part by the new Bricklin musical enjoying rave reviews at The Playhouse in Fredericton. And you know something: this car is sexy. It had gull-wing doors before the DeLorean (of Back to the Future fame). It pioneered the use of a fiberglass-acrylic body. It came in orange and green. And somewhere in a box of treasures, I still have an orange Bricklin iron-on transfer that I never ironed on. What’s not to love?

So if you ever see a Bricklin, remember it was built right here, in New Brunswick. And check out those gull-wing doors!

Taken on August 7, 2010

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4 thoughts on “if you ever see a Bricklin

  1. yeah, it really was a shame that the Bricklin didn’t make it. These days, 4 million, or the current equivelent would be a bargain compared to what has been handed out to car companies recently.

  2. Yes, it’s funny how history changes how you see things. If some of the smaller and, yes, riskier businesses had survived, car buyers would have a much better choice today than with the Big Bloated 3 (plus imports of course).

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