1970 Reliant Scimitar GTE SE5
Recently taken out of long-term storage; reputedly runs and drives but has been unused for many years; very straight-looking car in need of recommissioning
The elegant Tom Karen-designed Scimitar GTE was the car that really put Reliant on the map. Popularised by Princess Anne in the 1970s (she owned at least eight, all with the registration number 1420 H), the Scimitar remains one of the most practical classics that money can buy.
Launched as the SE5 in 1968 with a chassis developed by John Crosthwaite and handsome glassfibre bodywork by Ogle, it was powered by the trusty Ford 3.0 V6 engine and ‘box. At £1,759 including taxes, it wasn’t cheap (£422 more than an MGC GT) but a healthy 4,311 were sold before it was replaced by the SE5A in September 1972.
This had a revised interior fascia, different rear lights and an extra 7bhp which made it good for 0-60 in 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 121mph (compared to 117mph for the SE5). In 1976 this was in turn replaced by the wider and heavier SE6 which continued in production until 1986.
First registered in August 1970, this SE5 has been in storage for many years (an online check shows that it was last taxed in 1989) but we are told that it still runs and drives. It was driven on and off the trailer that brought it to Brightwells but we have been unable to start it since, although the engine spins over easily enough on the key. It rides on some tasty period alloys and sits well, with a commendably straight and undamaged body shell although the paintwork is long past its best. The interior also looks to be in decent shape and should clean up well.
There is no paperwork other than an old style V5 from 1985, some technical literature about the model and an old parts catalogue from Scimitar specialist Graham Walker of Chester.
Being offered here as a straightforward winter project, it shouldn’t take much to get it back on the road and a forward-thinking owner may even choose to stick in an electric motor – there’s plenty of room in the back for all those batteries...
For more information contact James on 07970 309907 or email [email protected]
Reg No: VOH629J
Chassis Number: 451068
Engine Number: SC1820
Engine Size: 2994
Docs: Old style V5; Graham Walker Parts Catalogue; technical literature
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