Chevrolet Corvette Stingray vs. Bricklin SV-1 – Comparison Test…

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America’s Best Sports Being second doesn’t mean being last.

the May 1975 Issue of Car and Driver

Willow Springs Raceway across the desert floor and up foothills of California’s Soledad as if a passing glacier long ago had the asphalt ribbon and towed of the course up the slopes. Turn descending corkscrew is Willow’s The Corvette is on its tiptoes diving darting from left to its tail yawing sideways light braking. The Bricklin the opportunity to close the gap it has the advantage of with soft understeer the switchback and can brake aggressively up to the pavement’s edge. Delayed by the its driver is forced to make, the is late turning on the power as it onto the straight. Accelerating the flattening grade, the Chevy recaptures the advantage from the Bricklin, and the gap widens on the long straightaway. By the start/finish line, the between the cars has grown to under two seconds (on a 1:54 a symbolic performance

separation that was to hold Car and Driver’s test of the original sports car and the Canadian-made challenger hot on its

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The gull-winged protagonist is Bricklin 781, the very first model off the New Brunswick assembly Unlike all 780 of its 1974-model forebears, Bricklin is powered by a 351-cubic Ford Windsor V-8 instead of an AMC 360 The current season’s output also be massaged with a of other detail refinements in an automobile struggling through its Most important among is the deletion of a four-speed manual choice. Malcolm Bricklin has it not in keeping with his car’s image, so the Ford-made C-4 Cruise-o-matic is the transmission currently specified. detail change: What out as a $3500 idea has become a reality at $9780.

In the incumbent’s corner we have the experienced Corvette Stingray. It too has an important option for 1975: the 454-cu. in. engine. Only two of the 350-cu. in. small block V-8 both exhaling through a catalytic converter. Our test car was with the base 165-horsepower engine because the optional L82 engine had not been released at the of this comparison. Wherever we chose options for the Corvette to it to the Bricklin, including a Turbo-Hydramatic (mandatory in California), boosting the $6810 Corvette up to a $8352

They come off amazingly these two American GT coupes. As as you focus on the performance readout, are practically identical. Whether regulatory strictures, market or economic demands that squeezed both cars to a comparatively mediocre but remarkably level doesn’t really Stand on the gas and both machines deliver you to the end of the quarter-mile within a second of each other. both corner within G of each other and even fuel economy within a mpg during every phase of the C/D Cycle. On paper, they’re interchangeable with the Corvette a small performance edge. But with them and they completely different cars. has a character so individual that

you know immediately if your came from St. Louis or New

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