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DTL 399T blue 6a

Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:02 pm
by sbr3000
Hi there, anybody know the wareabouts of this car, my dad bought it new in 1978, it had a very interesting start to its life!!!! But reliant gave him his money back!! Didn't put him off though, he's had a GTC for 33 years.
Cheers, Stuart

DTL 399T blue 6a

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:43 pm
by scimjim
MOT expired Dec 2010 and it's not on SORN, so doesn't look good I'm afraid :(

DTL 399T blue 6a

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:41 pm
by Oxymoron
Could be on a private plate and therefore has disappeared from the mot and tax records under the old number?

DTL 399T blue 6a

Posted: Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:58 pm
by scimjim
It wouldn't appear at all on the old number if it's on a personal plate.

DTL 399T blue 6a

Posted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:44 am
by Iannoble
Good morning, I was the proud owner of DTL399T up until a couple of years ago, maybe slightly more. The car featured on the cover of Slice..issue 153 jan - Feb 1997.
I may have some paperwork somewhere!

DTL 399T blue 6a

Posted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:52 am
by Iannoble
I did hear someone had contacted the garage where I had the last MOT done!

DTL 399T blue 6a

Posted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:17 am
by Terry H
it had a very interesting start to its life!!!!
What would that be then, don't keep us in suspense.
Regards Terry H
1185

DTL 399T blue 6a

Posted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:26 pm
by Iannoble
I am curious now too in regards the beginning, when it left me it was painted camouflage colours and did a charity run to Turkey and back for Help our Heroes...it did make it back too!

DTL 399T blue 6a

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 8:56 am
by sbr3000
Wow!! The power of the Internet!!!
My dad had always fancied a scimitar, so in 1978 he went to the local dealer in Lincoln and ordered a manual o/d Wedgwood blue 6a
I remember the excitement on the day we went to fetch it, after collecting the car we set out to drive the 15 miles home, 5 miles later dad thought the steering felt funny, he stopped to find the front wheels had come loose!!
After tightening them up we continued home only to find they were loose again!! We still don't know why they came loose, but they needed tightening every time it went out.
The next day dad wanted to show of his new toy, so we set off to one of his friends near hull, no Humber bridge at this time, so 90 miles in the scimitar,on the way up whilst travelling at speed around a long sweeping bend, my dad momentarily lost control to which my mum accused him of not paying attention, it turned out that when under load the wheels would collide with the body. He painted the inner wheel arch edge with white paint to prove it!
Monday morning came, dad was on the phone to the dealer, who after looking at it told him there was nothing wrong with it!! Knowing there was something wrong, my dad kept at the sealer to sort it out, at one point they offered to re profile the wheel arches to stop it catching!!!
This went on for a while, he got the AA involved, who refused to road test it after inspecting it because it wasn't safe to be on the road.
At this point dad would have quite happily swapped it for another, but the dealer still insisted there was nothing wrong with it!! So when he told them he wanted his money back, they accused him of spending more than he could afford, which really annoyed him. So he got solicitors involved and took it to court, the day before the case, the dealer turned up with a new scimitar and asked him if he wanted to swap, he was so fed up by this time he told him where to go!
At the court case my dad received a full refund, and bought a Rover 2600 sd1😕
Skip forward 6 years the Rover is about dead, dad's looking through auto trader there was an aquamarine blue gtc for sale, which he still owns to this day.
Some years later we were at another reliant dealer in Boston, talking about this very subject, and they recalled having it in, where they found the front suspension was on wrong sides and wrong way round, though which parts I don't know.
We just happened to be looking at the dvla mot test website, and it now tells you where the last mot was done on a car! So we looked up the old scimitar to see where abouts in the country it was, I have also googled " reliant scimitar Turkey" and found a picture of it, so thank you for getting in touch.
Cheers, Stuart

DTL 399T blue 6a

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:35 am
by Terry H
Very interesting. My drivers side front tyre rubs the inside of the wheel arch on full left hand lock.
Regards Terry H
1185

DTL 399T blue 6a

Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 4:47 pm
by Iannoble
Yes, the internet has its uses!
DTL was my second scimmy, I had wanted a manual with overdrive as my first was two time Brown and gold auto.
I bought it from a guy in Grimsby, who also had a maserati engined Citroen he was getting back on the road.
We had it for a few years, then my job took me South and it stayed up in Yorkshire for a while before I brought it down where it was used occasionally for days out.
I replaced the fuel tank, bushes etc, and it did go into high peak in Buxton once or twice.
I eventually had it Mot after sitting for a while, by this stage it had a crazed and peeling body, and the guy who bought it had the challenge of purchasing an old bri t car and doing the help our heroes run to turkey, I did have a couple of pics sent having the suspension sorted in a Turkish garage after an incident with a pothole!
I think I may have past paperwork and I do have the copy of Slice where it featured on the cover.
This scimmy talk makes we want another!...cheers.

DTL 399T blue 6a

Posted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 8:14 am
by sbr3000
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After a bit of searching through back issues of slice, I eventually found it, my dad has 33 years worth of slice issues scattered about, but I came up lucky. Cheers, Stuart

DTL 399T blue 6a

Posted: Wed May 02, 2018 3:50 pm
by Iannoble
I remember taking that shot in the lake district, at the start of the Wrynose pass, Little Langdale.