1971 Reliant Scimitar


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"The SE5 model of Reliants classic Scimitar came with the 3.0 litre Ford Essex engine providing a claimed top speed of over 120mph. A Borg-Warner automatic transmission was added as an option in 1970 and by 1971, overdrive on the four-speed manual was offered. These models were two-door sports estates, again with the Ford V6 engine, the wheelbase was increased by 4” and the track by 3” making the cars correspondingly longer and wider than their predecessors. The extra length was used to improve rear-seat legroom and access which enhanced the car's credentials as a 'genuine' four-seater. The SE5's flat dashboard also gave way to a curved and moulded plastic one. The 5A model sold more than any other Scimitar, with 5105 manufactured. Princess Anne was given a manual overdrive SE5 for a joint 20th birthday and Christmas present in November 1970 by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. It was Air Force blue in colour with a grey leather interior and registration plate 1420 H in recognition of her position as Colonel-in-Chief of the 14th/20th Hussars. Princess Anne later owned eight other Scimitar GTE’s.
The 2996cc Ford Essex engine of this Scimitar sounds delightful and our vendor informs us that the car has recently been fully recommissioned. This Scimitar presents very well with newly painted red coachwork and black trim which has also been attended to, coupled with re-chromed bumpers. Amongst the recommissioning works, we are informed that JGH 547K has had a completely new braking system, new stainless steel exhaust, radiator and a new petrol tank, however the vendor states that the carburettors need a little tuning. A fair amount of time and money has gone into this Scimitar recently and thus presents well making this an attractive proposition for any Reliant Scimitar fan. Offered at no reserve this is a great opportunity to own such a popular classic."