You can unsubscribe at any time using the unsubscribe mechanism on any email you receive from us. There were steel items with three different glassfibre trims, ‘Princess Anne’ alloys, Dunlop composite wheels (with an alloy centre riveted to a steel rim) or Wolfrace alloys. Reliant Scimitar GTE 3.0 SE5a (1972-1975) Country . QRG (Queensbury Road Garage) has been around for almost half a century and during the 1970s was not only a Reliant distributor but also supplied TVRs and Jensens. Does anybody know what happened to Robin Rew, he was a big GTE man back in the day? Less of an issue is corrosion in the outriggers just behind the front wheels, along with the side rails below the sills. Numbers dropped steadily throughout the 1990s as the distinctive four-seater fell victim to astronomical insurance premiums and a dubious – some say undeserved – reputation for unreliability, but the downward trend appears to have plateaued and there are now around 900 Scimitar GTEs in the UK, according to howmanyleft.co.uk. Rust isn’t an issue, naturally. Scimitar specialist Graham Walker has always maintained that their prices will soar and “you’ll be kicking yourself for not buying an SE5 when they were so cheap”. 1987 Specialist Middlebridge buys production rights to the GTE but it wasn’t until 1989 that a relaunched car became available. The Scimitar model is a car manufactured by Reliant, sold new from year 1979 to 1986, and available after that as a used car. Used car buying guide: Reliant Scimitar GTE. Practical and prestigious with great owner support. Reliant Scimitar GTE - GTC Engine Technical Data Engine type - … Keep it polite and on topic. Managing Director Ray Wiggin, Chief Engineer John Crosthwaite and fibreglass body expert Ken Wood went to Ogle's in Letchworth to view some mock-up body designs for the new SE5. This review has 0 comments - Be the first! Four types of wheel were offered. the Lancia Beta HPE seemed a easier prospect to own. However, that's a car that is virtually non existant now thanks to shocking quality issues. Three years later, in a group test squaring up to the Triumph Stag, it thought the GTE was more the sports car and desirable although in later larger, lardier SE6 guise the mag’s opinion changed to “Softer now, but still good” although by the time the GTC surfaced, the edit had changed its tune to “Starting to age and not so pleasant”. Looking for a classic Reliant Scimitar Gte Auto? 1972 By now a rear wash/wipe was made standard, there was a mild facelift while a Ford automatic became an option (1970) and overdrive was standardised from mid ’71. Also another shooting brake that I liked. Non-assisted steering is extremely heavy so seek out cars with power steering. You are here: Home / Performance Cars / Reliant / Reliant Scimitar GTE 1968-1986. That’s why neglected cars and unfinished projects can still be found for around £1000. Also expect to find wear between the vertical link and bottom trunnion; this is best checked by ensuring the steering isn’t stiff when the car’s nose weight is lifted off the ground. Early cars featured a Borg Warner Type 35 auto while from the SE6 there was a better Ford-sourced C3 ‘box. Power-assisted steering now made available, a new 20-gallon fuel tank along with Girling dual-circuit brakes plus a stronger automatic gearbox. The Reliant Scimitar name was used for a series of sports car models produced by British car manufacturer Reliant between 1964 and 1986. Autosport summed the GTE thus: “The demand for a real sports car with four seats has at last been satisfied”. We saw a 1982 SE6B in need of a lick of paint on sale for £3100. Another reason for the Scimitar’s relatively high survival rate is that it was produced – in various forms – near enough continuously from 1968 to 1990. To learn more about how we use the information you provide to us please see our. RELIANT SCIMITAR GTE CAR LF Sales Brochure 1978 #GTE/E 20L/1077. ‘Catching fire’ was always unfair, … RELIANT SCIMITAR GTE SE5A - HEATER UNIT ALLOY FACIA WITH SCREWS. 1976 Dropped in favour of a new longer, wider, roomier more palatial but less sporting SE6. the Lancia Beta HPE seemed a easier prospect to own. £199.99 + £10.00 . Hand built at the Middlebridge Scimitar plant in Beeston, Nottingham at a rate of 300 cars per year (never attained), the new GTE retained the classic Ogle sports estate design penned by Tom Karen. ■ Electrics: As with any British car of this era, the Scimitar’s electrical systems are fragile and troublesome, and its glassfibre body makes earthing an issue. More seriously, wobbling seats are a sign of weakened chassis mounts. Even kept original, the owners’ club advises a better radiator and header tank, electric cooling fan and on later SE6, reverting to SE5 plumbing. So you can take your pick from ready-to-rock restored cars, ratty daily drivers and full-bore barn finds. Overdrive really gives this Reliant a magnificent longer stride, however most came as autos. Walker adds that’s a car he restored as most Scimitars aren’t in such excellent condition meaning the problem is locating the best cars left. The car has had a body off chassis refurbishment. Check for worn-out bushes, which can be easily replaced with modern poly items, and any signs of fatigue on the drop links. The mysterious world of the three-wheeler, Automotive disasters: The Reliant Scimitar SS1. Triumph TR4 vs. Jensen Healey vs. Sunbeam Alpine vs. Reliant SS1. The body is mostly prepped for painting.There are numerous documents and invoices. £6000 and above: Concours examples and race-prepped cars, including some 2.9-litre Cosworth conversions. Tom Karen of Ogle was asked to submit some body designs based on the Ogle Design GTS estate car experiment for a new four-seater Scimitar, the SE5 Reliant Scimitar. Replacing both is easy (poly bushes are readily available), but in the case of the latter the correct shims should have been used or the camber will be out. All have a fibreglass body mounted on a steel box-section chassis. Make sure you check all the switchgear works okay; from the SE5a onwards they are fragile. June 17, 2013 By Mike Lee Last updated on July 31, 2015. Scimitar gearboxes (fourspeed with or without overdrive) are tough enough, but prone to oil leaks. Your email address will not be published. Scimitar with a Daimler V8 now that would be something special. Capri experts Tickover of Kent sells fully overhauled engines for a tad over £2100. The first sign of old age is jumping out of second or fourth gears. Middlebridge Scimitar Ltd acquired the manufacturing rights and all tooling for the GTE and the convertible GTC version in 1987. In 1976, the the Scimitar GTE was made wider, given a longer wheelbase and sported new chassis settings that erred on the side of comfort. Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club of Glamis are selling this 1969 Scimitar GTE by online auction. 900: That’s how many – or few – Reliant Scimitar GTEs are around now, but you can still join this exclusive club for less than £1000, Haymarket Media Group, publishers of Autocar takes your privacy seriously.