Lot 310 - 1981 Reliant Scimitar GTC SE8

Lot 310 - 1981 Reliant Scimitar GTC SE8

Lot 310 - 1981 Reliant Scimitar GTC SE8

Lot Number 310
Registration ORJ276W
Chassis Number SCD20036BAE000337
Engine Number SC16371
Odometer reading 20,234 miles
Estimate No Reserve
Result Sold - £1,008

Reliant began planning a convertible in 1977 and commissioned Ogle Design to create a proposal. Tom Karen adapted his earlier GTE design and created a beautifully proportioned four-seat convertible with a good sized boot. From the doors back, all of the panels were new, with extra bracing introduced between the rear side panels and door hinge plates running under the dash board. The roll hoop from the GTE was retained and, for additional support, was linked to extra tubes running around the front screen creating a T bar that would ensure the rigidity of the new body design. Due to the separate chassis and extra bracing it did not suffer from the scuttle shake that monocoque convertible's typically experienced. The hood was designed in house by adapting the hood frame from a Triumph Stag, with a bespoke cover made of mohair. A prototype car was produced in 1978 (still in existence today), powered by a 3.0 Essex engine which Reliant later replaced with a 2.8 Cologne engine, because Ford had withdrawn their Essex engines from the European market. This was slightly down on torque compared to the Essex engine, so to improve performance Reliant changed the final drive ratio in the rear axle from 3.31 to 3.54. The GTC was launched in March 1980 and was well received by the motoring press. However, in 1980 the country was heading into a recession and Reliant struggled to sell their £11,360 convertibles in great numbers. As a result many cars were left sitting at the factory for months until owners could be found. Today the GTC is a very rare sight on our roads and is possibly the most desirable of the Scimitar models.


This 1981 Reliant Scimitar GTC SE8, with automatic gearbox, is finished in yellow and was subject to a repaint between three and four years ago; at the same time the mohair roof and carpets were also replaced. About ten years ago the engine was replaced with another Ford 2.8 Cologne engine and we are informed by the vendor that this engine has slight oil and water leaks but runs and drives superbly and the car  is used regularly. The black leather seats are in original condition. This Scimitar GTC is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires at the end of July 2014 and a large box file containing old MoT test certificates and invoices mostly from the last sixteen years during the current ownership. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a 1980's classic luxury convertible; the perfect entry to the classic car world. Price guide £3,500 - £5,000.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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