1971 Reliant Scimitar GTE

Highlights

  • Converted to a cabriolet by Martin Hall and Brian Turner
  • Incredibly rare conversion - one of only a handful of examples
  • Fully resprayed in Ferrari Dino Gray
  • Comprehensive restoration completed in 2014
  • ULEZ exempt

The Appeal


Mostly the most iconic shooting brake ever built in Britain, the Reliant Scimitar GTE was a car the public clamoured for in the 70s - and still carries quite a cult reputation today. Powered by an impressive Ford Essex V6, these distinctive cars could go like clappers when opened up on a long stretch, thanks in part to their super-lightweight fibreglass bodywork. 

This example from 1971 was converted to a cabriolet in 1991, which only adds to the GTE's unusual lines and the car's distinctive character. Finish it all off with Ferrari Dino Gray paintwork and you've got a highly compelling bit of retro glamour that's quite unlike any car that came since. 

This Scimitar GTE has been meticulously maintained, with a full restoration completed in June 2014 and a recent MOT valid until March 2025. Its history includes long-term ownership by the previous keeper for over 30 years and regular servicing by RBS Motors of Harrow, and to our eyes will make an utterly superb addition to any garage.     



History and Paperwork

  • First registered in September 1971
  • Previous owner had it for over 30 years
  • Converted to a cabriolet in 1991 by Martin Hall and Brian Turner, who felt the GTC convertible was too expensive
  • The vendor notes there are probably no more than four or five Martin Hall and Brian Turner conversions still around
  • Featured in the 1991 "Your Classic Magazine" (originally blue at the time)
  • In Jan 2014 the previous owner had it fully restored by Motorvation in Rickmansworth
  • During this time the body was stripped and re-sprayed in Ferrari Dino Gray 
  • RBS Motors of Harrow serviced the car for the previous 20 years, fitting several new parts including a new petrol pump and petrol filter
  • No service history provided by the previous owner, but confirmed full restoration in June 2014
  • Fully serviced by Billy Allen Autos in Twickenham with many new parts fitted, including oils
  • Recorded mileage history:
    • 21,002 (14.12.2013)
    • 21,102 (07.03.2015)
    • 21,251 (12.08.2017)
    • 21,303 (27.03.2024)
  • Driven just over 300 miles since the 2013 and 2024 MOTs
  • Comes with V5c document and original owner's manual
  • As a historic vehicle, it is MOT and car tax exempt
  • ULEZ exempt



The Condition

  • Kept in dry storage when not in use since refurbishment in 2014
  • Body stripped and resprayed in Ferrari Dino Gray (original colour was blue)
  • Paintwork still in very good condition, though there is a scratch on the front nearside wing arch
  • Additional air vents on the bonnet and front spoiler
  • Interior re-trimmed in leather/Alcantara with new carpeting
  • Brand new mohair hood and new tonneau cover
  • Moto-Lita steering wheel
  • Four new ContiEcoContacts 185/70 R 14 tyres fitted, set off by four classic Wolfrace alloy wheels
  • Tyres, hood and tonneau cover were new when it was refurbished in 2014
  • Interior is black and in good condition
  • Retro car radio and new speakers fitted in 2014
  • Dashboard in very good order with highly evocative retro instruments
  • Front inertia seat belts
  • Good instrument display
  • Good seats front and rear
  • Carpets in good condition
  • Radio currently does not work, possibly due to a faulty fuse



The Mechanics

  • Powered by Ford's reliable and torquey 3.0 litre V6 Essex engine
  • Manual transmission with 4 gears + overdrive
  • Claimed top speed of over 120 mph with 0-60 in 8.5 seconds
  • Engine bay looks in good order
  • We understand the car to be in good working order
  • We've no reports of any mechanical issues



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Auction Details
  • Year 1971
  • Make Reliant
  • Model Scimitar
  • Colour Grey
  • Mileage 21,337 Miles
  • Engine size 2998
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Hampton hill
  • County Middlesex
  • Country United Kingdom
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  • adams.r•••• £3,000 14/07/24
  • Oldsabr•••• £2,000 13/07/24

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