Exterior Color: Safety Green Scale: 1:43 Year: 1974 to 1976 Features: Driver's door fixed in up-position. May be displayed with or without included industrial broom - After talking with many Bricklin owners, Automodello learned that the doors were prone to failing to stay up so Bricklin owners would carry a broom to avoid being clocked in the head unexpectantly.
The Bricklin Safety Vehicle 1 ("SV1") was designed by Herb Grasse in 1972 and went into production from 1974 to 1976. Herb Grasse passed on August 24th 2010: More about Herb and his history became known following his death from pancreatic cancer: Few people have been able to successfully navigate the strenuous demands of America's highly competitive automobile industry while still producing artistic, visionary and imaginative automotive designs. The gregarious Herb Grasse was such a man. His automotive and transportation design career began in 1968 following his graduation from the world-renowned Art Center College of Design in California. Over the next 40 years, Herb mastered not only the creative aspects of automobile design, but the nuts-and-bolts business acumen necessary to make his designs a reality. Herb lent his talents to the giants of the industry including Chrysler where he worked on the original Dodge Challenger and Ford Motor Company where he worked on the XD Ford Falcon, the original Ford Laser and the Ford Telstar. Each success was rewarded with more demanding assignments including a twelve-year overseas stint as principal designer of exteriors for Ford Motor Company Asia-Pacific and as chief designer for Nissan Australia. In addition to his commercial automotive design career, Herb applied his creativity to the more fanciful design of custom and show cars including work on the "Batmobile" for George Barris, the Spice Girls Cadillac and the Waltzing Matilda Jet Truck (which held the land speed record for trucks in Australia). Herb also worked closely on dozens of other projects for the United States military, various movie studios and concept-car entrepreneurs. Herb's pinnacle achievement, however, was the design of the Bricklin SV1 automobile in the mid-1970's. Working closely with Malcolm Bricklin as his director of design, Herb breathed life into the concept, design and manufacture of this dynamic, forward-looking sports car. From creating rough sketches, to clay models, to business considerations, to the production line, Herb was involved in every aspect of making this dream car a reality. His singular efforts were recognized by his being named the Industrial Designer of the Year in Product Design by Industrial Design magazine and recognition by his alma mater, the Society of Art Center Alumni with their "Orange Door" award for Best Transportation Design.
November 2010: Jay Engle of AutoWeek Magazine reviews the 1974 Bricklin SV1 from Automodello in their "Car Life" section.
Winter 2011: Wayne Moyer of DiecastX Magazine reviews the 1974 Bricklin SV1 Founders Edition from Automodello in their "Showroom" section.
Automodello is a manufacturer specializing in overlooked, neglected and interesting as well as new models from British, European, North American and other marques. Automodello's inagural models are the 1964 Griffith Series 200 in 1:43 and the 1938 Phantom Corsair in 1:24.
Diecasm Note: This version is not handsigned by Herb Grasse.