NO RESERVE - 1980 Reliant Scimitar GTE SE6B


  • New engine fitted in 1986
  • Five-speed manual gearbox
  • Extensive history file

The Appeal

The Reliant Scimitar was a sports car for the practical motorist, as an estate version was available. It was built for people who wanted to enjoy the drive, and carry enough luggage to enjoy their destination when they arrive. 

This Scimitar received a new engine fitted by Reliant in 1986, while also undergoing some body repairs. It has since received restoration work in 2003 and benefits from a five-speed manual gearbox.

So this Scimitar looks like it has been well cared for and enjoyed over the years. This particular example could be used as-is or gradually improved to being it back to its former glory.

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered 17th September 1980
  • Repair work carried out by Reliant in 1986, including a new engine
  • Body-off restoration reportedly carried out in around 2003
  • Road Tax and MOT exempt 
  • An extensive history file accompanies the car
  • Two keys
  • Well-stamped original service book
  • Many invoices for parts and servicing
  • Historic tax discs from the 1980s

 The Interior

  • Beautiful beige velour interior
  • Upholstery in generally good condition, aside from a rip in the driver’s seat squab
  • The substantial carpets are clean and tidy, though not original
  • Headlining clean and secure
  • The dashboard sports a full complement of Smiths analogue gauges
  • Dashboard top in excellent condition, with no cracks or splits
  • Moto-Lita wooden rimmed steering wheel, original still with the car
  • Heated front windscreen fitted
  • The remote boot release cable needs adjustment, the vendor is looking into this
  • A basic tool kit comes with the car
  • ‘Scimitar’ branded polished sill plates 
  • Faux leather door cards in good condition
  • The Britax glass sunroof is said to be sealed and hasn’t ever been opened by the present owner
  • Central locking was fitted by a previous owner

 The Exterior 

  • The bodywork on this Scimitar is fibreglass
  • Will Sparrow body kit
  • There are some hairline cracks in the body and bonnet
  • Crack in the front quarter panel where it was replaced in 1986
  • The external fittings in fair condition
  • Electric colour-coded wing mirrors
  • Wolfrace wheels look to be in good condition for their age
  • Goodyear tyres said to retain good tread, but are a little aged
  • The underside is said to be in good condition, although some unspecific corrosion is mentioned on the 2020 MOT certificate

 The Mechanics 

  • 2,792cc V6 engine fitted new in 1986
  • Ford Type 9 five-speed manual gearbox fitted, but the car is still registered as an automatic
  • Modern fusebox with extra earths — wiring diagrams included
  • Weber 38DGMS carburettor fitted by a previous owner — said to start easily
  • Stainless steel exhaust and headers 
  • Stainless steel petrol tank
  • The engine bay looks to be in good condition
  • Spare wheel in engine bay
  • Said to drive well, accelerate as it should do and brake in a straight line
  • The vendor tells us that they have fitted new fuel lines in September 2022, and new front brake callipers, front AVO shock absorbers and springs in 2017
  • Fuel gauge not working and passenger door not operating on central locking


In all, this Scimitar seems like a great choice for someone looking for a car they can enjoy without being too precious about it. Similarly, it would also make a good base for a project if you enjoy restoration work.

Either way, it will certainly make a great addition to anyone’s garage.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1980
  • Make Reliant
  • Model Scimitar
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 107,658 Miles
  • Engine size 2792
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Macclesfield
  • Location Cheshire
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
22 bids
  • Pi•••• £4,100 02/12/22
  • pa•••• £4,000 01/12/22
  • Pi•••• £3,999 01/12/22
  • pa•••• £3,900 01/12/22
  • Pi•••• £3,800 01/12/22
  • pa•••• £3,700 01/12/22
  • pa•••• £3,600 30/11/22
  • ne•••• £3,500 30/11/22
  • pa•••• £3,400 30/11/22
  • ne•••• £3,300 30/11/22

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