The SV-1 was the brainchild of automotive entrepreneur Malcolm Bricklin. It was produced in Canada from 1974 to 1975 in less than 3000 examples. For a short while, the SV-1 was the best and most advanced sports car in America. Yet as soon as the first cars started rolling from the assembly line, it was clear that the SV-1 wasn’t as good as people expected it to be (via Supercars).
The idea was to produce a safe, fast sports car, as the name SV-1 (Safety Vehicle One) suggested. Bricklin designed the car with big bumpers, numerous additional features, warring sensors, power Gullwing doors, no cigarette lighters, an integrated roll cage, and many other things making it heavy and not very agile. The power came from a 360 AMC V8 engine which wasn’t very powerful. The company later turned to a 351 Ford V8, but it still needed to deliver actual performance.