1970 Reliant Scimitar GTE Sports Estate  Chassis no. 450979

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Lot 504
1970 Reliant Scimitar GTE Sports Estate
Registration no. BME 57H Chassis no. 450979

Sold for £ 4,025 (US$ 5,536) inc. premium
1970 Reliant Scimitar GTE Sports Estate
Registration no. BME 57H
Chassis no. 450979
*Trend-setting sports estate
*Manual/overdrive transmission
*Restored in 2001
*Tax-free historic vehicle

Footnotes

  • Following its first forays into the sports car market - the Sabre and Sabre Six - Reliant finally began to get it right in 1964 with the introduction of the Scimitar. The handsomely styled newcomer's coupe body was the work of the Ogle design studio, while beneath the skin there was a new chassis, plus the running gear and Ford 2.5-litre straight-six engine of the Sabre Six. The Scimitar's straight-line performance was excellent right from the start - 116mph and 0-60 in 11.4 seconds - and once the rear suspension had been revised (in 1965) it possessed handling to match. A little fewer than 300 were made before the arrival of the improved, Ford V6-engined versions in 1966.

    Introduced in October 1968, the trend-setting Scimitar GTE established an entirely new class: the sports estate. Based on the Tamworth firm's existing Scimitar GT coupé, the newcomer boasted a new chassis both longer and wider than its predecessor's while retaining the latter's basic running gear and 3.0-litre Ford V6 engine. Like the coupé, the glassfibre-bodied GTE was the work of Ogle Design, whose brilliant idea was the incorporation of a glass 'hatchback' rear door in a semi-fastback, estate-type 2+2 bodyshell. Blessed with strikingly good looks that would stand the test of time, the GTE was comfortable, practical and fast. The model proved a huge commercial success for Reliant and spawned a host of imitations from larger manufacturers.

    This example has the desirable manual/overdrive transmission option and is finished in blue with black leather interior. Old V5 registration documents on file trace the ownership back to Derek Harris, who acquired the car in 1986; he was followed by Alan Betteridge (September 1999) and then the current vendor, from June 2015. While in Mr Betteridge's ownership the GTE was restored as evidenced by related invoices on file dating from 2001. Described as in generally excellent condition, the car also comes with MoT to July 2017 and a current V5C Registration Certificate. Classed as an historic vehicle, it is zero-rated for road tax purposes.
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1970 Reliant Scimitar GTE Sports Estate  Chassis no. 450979
1970 Reliant Scimitar GTE Sports Estate  Chassis no. 450979
1970 Reliant Scimitar GTE Sports Estate  Chassis no. 450979
1970 Reliant Scimitar GTE Sports Estate  Chassis no. 450979
1970 Reliant Scimitar GTE Sports Estate  Chassis no. 450979
1970 Reliant Scimitar GTE Sports Estate  Chassis no. 450979
1970 Reliant Scimitar GTE Sports Estate  Chassis no. 450979
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