Although perhaps best known for their three-wheelers and the Scimitar GTE sporting estate, the Reliant story really kicked off properly in 1964 with the launch of their Ogle-styled coupe, the SE4.
Launched at the Earls Court Motor Show, the Scimitar SE4 was widely praised for its elegant lines and performance, though this came at a hefty price of £1,292.
Power came from the smooth and powerful 2.6-litre Ford straight-six from the Zephyr / Zodiac range with triple SU carbs as standard. Producing 120bhp, this was sufficient to propel the car to 60mph in just 10 seconds on its way to a top speed of 117mph. Reliant produced just 296 of the SE4a model before it was replaced by the V6-engined SE4b in 1966, making this a rare car indeed.
It has been the subject of a major restoration over a number of years. Many thousands have been spent in bringing the car back to its former glory and it is not far off ready for the road.
The chassis is in excellent order and has had the suspension rebuilt on all four corners. The braking system has been overhauled, including a new servo and fresh discs on the front.
The engine, a Zephyr 6 straight-six fitted with triple SU's has been stripped, new valves fitted, head skimmed, a new alternator and fuel pump fitted along with a new clutch. It has all been carefully rebuilt. The gearbox is the four-speed unit with overdrive.
An expensive respray in French Blue, set off by wire wheels that have been shot blasted and repainted and fitted with Continental radial tyres really set this car off.
Although not quite completed, it will not take much more work to have this car running and comes complete with a lot of parts to help finish the job including an uber-rare original steering wheel. It is the ideal winter project.