Lot 341 - 1977 Reliant GTE
|Odometer reading||44,500 miles|
|Estimate||£4,000 - £7,000|
Reliant's first Scimitar was a coupé based upon the styling of a Daimler SP250 prototype and the chassis of a Reliant Sabre. First displayed in 1964, it was powered by a 2.6 litre Ford straight six from the Zephyr Zodiac range. In order to keep cost down, many components in addition to the engine were existing ones originally designed for competitor models. In 1966, the SE4A was replaced by the SE4B, with a V6 3.0 litre Ford 'Essex' engine. Tom Karen of Ogle was asked to submit designs based on the Ogle designed GTS estate car experiment for a new four seater Scimitar, the SE5 Reliant Scimitar. Managing Director Ray Wiggin, Chief Engineer John Crosthwaite and fibreglass body expert Ken Wood went to Ogle's in Letchworth to look at a couple of mock-up body designs for the new SE5. Wiggin told Wood to go ahead and produce a prototype. The SE5 was conceived and ready for the 1968 Motor Show in less than 12 months. For the SE5, John Crosthwaite and his team designed a completely different chassis frame, revised and improved suspension, relocated fuel tank, a rollover bar, new cooling system, spare wheel mounted in the nose to give increased rear space and a 17 gallon fuel tank. When designing the chassis, Crosthwaite worked closely with Ogle body stylist Peter Bailey to modify and refine the prototype. The SE5 came with the 3.0litre Ford Essex engine. This gave the SE5 a claimed top speed of over 120 mph. A Borg-Warner automatic transmission was added as an option in 1970 and by 1971, overdrive on the 4-speed manual was offered. In 1972 several improvements were included in the upgrade to SE5A, including a boost in power. The extra 7hp and maximum engine speed raised performance quite a bit, the GTE was now capable of 0-60mph in 8.5 seconds and top speed was raised to 121mph . The SE5's flat dashboard also gave way to a curved and moulded plastic one. A total of 4,311 Scimitar SE5s were produced. 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.
This Reliant Scimitar GTE with automatic transmission has been owned by the current vendor since 1978, over 30 years, and is clearly a much loved motor car. The odometer reading of 44,500 miles represents a yearly mileage of just 1,308 per annum and without doubt, the condition of this superb Scimitar GTE reflects such little use. Servicing on the car has been carried out by TC Improvements in Cheltenham and more locally by Adspeed. A number of bills and receipts are supplied together with the V5 registration document and a full year's MoT test certificate. Finished in Dolphin grey with blue velour trim, this is a rare opportunity to acquire a particularly good Scimitar GTE.
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