Works-prepared, 1965 Monte Carlo Rally,1964 Reliant Sabre Six Coupé  Chassis no. SS300152 Engine no. to be advised

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Lot 323
Works-prepared, 1965 Monte Carlo Rally,1964 Reliant Sabre Six Coupé
Registration no. BAE 620B Chassis no. SS300152 Engine no. to be advised

£ 27,000 - 30,000
US$ 37,000 - 41,000
Amended
Works-prepared, 1965 Monte Carlo Rally
1964 Reliant Sabre Six Coupé
Registration no. BAE 620B
Chassis no. SS300152
Engine no. to be advised

Footnotes

  • Reliant's first sports car – the Sabre – resulted from the Tamworth firm's contract to supply glassfibre bodies for the similar Sabra to Autocars of Haifa, Israel, which intended to sell them in overseas markets, principally the USA. Autocars had bought the Sabra's body design from kit-makers Ashley and the rights to its chassis from Les Ballamy, having seen both exhibited at the 1960 Racing Car Show. Reliant ended up building the first batch of Sabras in its entirety, using the four-cylinder 1.7-litre Ford Consul engine, and considered the car promising enough to launch its own version in the UK. After a remarkably short gestation period the resulting Sabre was exhibited at the 1961 Motor Show. Expensive and under-powered when compared to the opposition, the Sabre was not a success and only 55 were made. An improved version, the Ford Zephyr-powered Sabre Six, was introduced in 1962 and with 109bhp available from its 2,553cc overhead-valve engine, this attractively styled GT was good for over 110mph.
    Reliant had entered the four-cylinder Sabre in a handful of international rallies with predictably disappointing results, and in 1963 tried again with the new Sabre Six, commencing with the Alpine Rally. Three cars were entered, two of which finished in 1st and 2nd places in their class, all the much faster works Austin-Healey 3000s having retired. Roger Clark, enjoying his first works drive, drove the 2nd place car. It was a flattering result; for the works Sabre Six, although fast in a straight line, was no match for the highly developed Big Healeys, and the works pulled out of international rallying after the 1964 Monte Carlo event.
    One of only 77 Sabre Sixes built between 1963 and 1966, 'BAE 620B' is one of only four examples built and prepared by Reliant's Competitions Department: two of which were intended for the works team and two for privateers. 'BAE 620B' was driven by privateer Alex Griffiths in the 1965 Monte Carlo Rally and has since entered numerous rallies, sprints and hill-climbs including the Pirelli Marathon. In the current ownership since 1988, it underwent a documented body-off restoration in 1989 and has covered only 4,000 miles since a full engine rebuild, which included up-rated pistons, balancing and a lead-free conversion. The engine is fitted with a Raymond Mays cylinder head and triple Weber 40DCOE carburettors, and now produces 170bhp at the flywheel. Described as in generally very good condition, the car is offered with FIA papers, FIVA Identity Card, MoT to May 2011 and Swansea V5.

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Works-prepared, 1965 Monte Carlo Rally,1964 Reliant Sabre Six Coupé  Chassis no. SS300152 Engine no. to be advised
Works-prepared, 1965 Monte Carlo Rally,1964 Reliant Sabre Six Coupé  Chassis no. SS300152 Engine no. to be advised
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