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