1971 Reliant Scimitar GTE S5 with significant restoration of £15K For Sale
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 longer chassis frame, revised suspension, new and relocated fuel tank, a rollover bar, new cooling system, spare wheel mounted in the nose to give increased rear space and a 17 1?4 imperial gallons (78 L) fuel tank. When designing the chassis Crosthwaite worked closely with Ogle body stylist Peter Bailey to modify and refine the prototype.
The main change introduced in the SE5 was the sports estate hatchback body shape. Although other car manufacturers had also produced hatchback models.
The SE5 came with the same 3.0-litre Ford Essex engine used in the SE4a/b. This gave the SE5 a claimed top speed of over 120 mph (193 km/h). A Borg-Warner 35 automatic transmission was added as an option in 1970 and by 1971, overdrive on the 4-speed manual was offered.
4,311 SE5s were produced. It was an instant success; The 5A model sold more than any other Scimitar, with 5105 manufactured. Princess Anne was given a manual overdrive SE5 as a joint 20th birthday present and Christmas present in November 1970 by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Description & History
First registered as LVX 829J in February 1971, this GTE has been subject to a continuing mechanical refurbishment in our workshops, and after a spend just under £15,000, it is now ready for the road once more. The work carried out is detailed below. Now in very good overall condition with extensive mechanical works carried out as detailed by invoices in history file and as below.
Finished in dark green, the body shell is in good condition, with decent chrome and exterior trim., the interior is also in good condition but a new owner may wish to replace the sand coloured door cards with black to match the seats and carpet.
Completed in 2018, the Scimitar has had the following work carried out over a period of five years in our workshops supported by invoices in the history file totalling £14,885
2018 Electrics, relays, wiring £623
2018 Complete rebuild, sundry mechanical and bodywork repairs £2193
2017 New alloy radiator, battery, hi torque starter motor, brakes, sundry works £3255
2014 Refurbish Wolfrace wheels, new clutch, new water pump, sundry works £2303
2014 V6 Engine rebuild, cams reprofiled, flywheel lightened, £2304
2013 Project assessment, initial repairs, sundry works £2541
2103 Collection, shipping, minor parts and recommission to start £1666
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