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Reliant

Scimitar GTE SE5A, 1971

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Make
Reliant
Manufacturer
Reliant Motor Company
Location Made
Tamworth
Accession Number
2005-18-1
Collection
BMIHT Vehicle Collection
Type
Car
Status
Permanent collection
Engine
6 cyl, 2994 cc, 138 bhp
Fuel
Petrol
Top Speed
123 mph (198 km/h)
Body Style
Estate
Price When New
£2,181
Materials
metal, rubber, glass, plastics, textiles
Dimensions
4343mm (l), 1638mm (w), 1321mm (h)
Location
Museum

Well known for its Regal and Robin three-wheel cars, Reliant also built four wheel sports cars. In 1964 the Sabre was replaced by a new GT car, designed by Ogle. The Scimitar GT was a glass–fibre bodied 2+2 coupé, with a Ford straight six. By the end of the 'Sixties, Reliant were experimenting with the sports estate.

The Scimitar GTE of 1968 was a sports touring estate car for four adults and their luggage. Like the GT, the GTE used a steel chassis with a glass-fibre body. The engine was now Ford's V6 3 litre. In 1971 the GTE was revised with an upgraded interior and increased power and a new, larger model, was launched in 1976.