Green SE5a for sale in South Carolina

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Post by tanuki » Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:23 pm

Found this one today (a heap of detail pictures on the site):
https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1973- ... -scimitar/

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Image01 by Frederic RAMBERT, on Flickr

This 1973 Reliant Scimitar GTE is powered by a 3.0-liter Essex V6 mated to a 4-speed manual transmission with overdrive. The car was imported to the US in the early 1980s by a prior owner, with whom it remained until acquired by the seller in 2012. It was subsequently stored for four years prior to refreshment of the engine, transmission, suspension and brakes in 2016. A partial transmission rebuild was performed along with fitment of a new clutch, clutch slave cylinder, engine mounts, water pump, silicone coolant hoses, and more. This Scimitar is offered with partial records from the previous owner, invoices for work performed by the seller, manuals, and a clean South Carolina title.

Image02 by Frederic RAMBERT, on Flickr

The GTE featured fiberglass shooting brake bodywork penned by Tom Karen for Ogle Design. This example is finished in green with chrome split front and single-piece rear bumpers. Blisters are pictured in the paintwork, and the seller notes cracking in the gel coat. An air dam with radiator cooling passages molded to the front valance is believed by the seller to be a period addition by a prior owner.

Image03 by Frederic RAMBERT, on Flickr

A sliding cloth sunroof extends from the rear passenger area to just aft of the windshield, and has been fitted with a new wooden frame sourced from a specialist in the UK. Adjustable front shocks were fitted by a previous owner, and the seller added adjustable rear dampers in 2018 as well as refinishing the wheels and installing new hatch struts.

Image04 by Frederic RAMBERT, on Flickr

The cabin is trimmed in black vinyl, with a set of period sport seats fitted for the front occupants. An aftermarket cassette radio is mounted above the climate control panel. The seller notes that the heater matrix appears to be blocked off, and the rear wiper and windshield washers do not work. Approximately 30k miles are shown on the 5-digit odometer, which has rolled over per the seller.

Image05 by Frederic RAMBERT, on Flickr

Split rear seats are fitted for the rear seat passengers and extend the cargo area around the center arm rest to the front seats when folded forward.

Image06 by Frederic RAMBERT, on Flickr

The 3.0-liter Essex V6 sends power to the rear wheels via a 4-speed manual transmission with an electrically-actuated overdrive which can be used on third and fourth gears. Modifications include an electric fuel pump and K&N air filter. A 2016 service included a new clutch, engine and transmission mounts, ignition components, and more. The seller describes between 175-180 psi of compression on all six cylinders.

Image07 by Frederic RAMBERT, on Flickr

The seller refinished many of the mechanical components, with photos of the process provided in the gallery below along with a detailed breakdown of the work performed.

Image08 by Frederic RAMBERT, on Flickr

The brake calipers were rebuilt with stainless steel pistons, and replacement suspension components are detailed in the gallery below. Much of the exhaust is said to be stainless steel, and the car is equipped only with rear mufflers.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/jMaCAtPfluo[/youtube]

A driving video is provided above. The sale includes a workshop manual, a copy of the owner’s manual, and a parts catalog on CD.


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Post by DARK STAR » Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:24 pm

Well, I'm not going to start on GTE's as well as Coupés, but I have this on file when it was sold in 2012 in Farmingdale NJ ...
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Post by Roger Pennington » Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:31 pm

Looks like the one belonging to MushyP I think :)


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Post by scimjim » Sun Sep 16, 2018 4:55 pm

Yes, Gordon was battening down the hatches ready for the storms
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Post by Elizabeth's dad » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:13 pm

Thanks Fred. It's on the register together with its original UK registration.


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Post by DARK STAR » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:49 pm

That is a dream garage !!!
(never mind the Esprit, not my thing)


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Post by DARK STAR » Sat Dec 29, 2018 5:31 pm

More details on this rather smart car.
Gordon and Jeni bought it at auction on-line and flew up to Noo Jersey to collect it.
They then drove it home 732 miles to Charleston SC, very brave.
Assuming american miles are the same as english ones, that is quite a long way in an unknown car :shock:
1178 km, that's about what I covered in my equally unknown 928S when I flew to Brussels to collect it.
But that was 'only' 18 years old (and a Porsche :wink: )

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Post by Stephenl » Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:13 am

I think he has still got it, because of this picture from a couple of days ago and his profile on Pistonheads. Might be an old picture but the profile suggests he still has it in his fleet
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Post by Stephenl » Wed Jan 01, 2020 12:28 am

I asked the guy on Pistonhead,s who was going to buy it and take it to the British Virgin Islands, and he said he chickened out due to the heat and the state of the roads out there.


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Post by Stephenl » Thu May 07, 2020 9:34 pm

The owner of this green car who is a poster on pistonheads recently said he sold the car and was planning on relocating back to the UK. No idea who he sold it to.


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Post by MushyP » Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:53 pm

Hi, just saw this and thought I would update the status of the car. I sold it on Bring A Trailer. A chap bought it and only kept it a short time. It then sold via eBay I think to a chap called Ken Hammond whom I think lives in Maryland. He has posted about it on the FaceBook Scimitar Club group page.
Yes, a chap was going to buy it from PH but the deal fell through. I need to update my PH 'garage' profile too.


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Post by The Dog » Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:16 pm

Florida Green - reminds me of my first SE5a way back in 1987


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Post by scimjim » Thu Jun 11, 2020 3:28 pm

The body is still sat on my chassis at Mick’s place AFAIK?


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Current: SE5 (8Ball), 1400 1600 1800 Zetec ST170 powered SS1 (G97), 2.5TD SE5a (diesel 5a), 6 x random other SS1s.
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