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Post by ScimiTom » Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:47 pm

My news feed on MSN flagged up an article entitled: 'Britain's best dead car companies'. Amongst others was Reliant, with a photo of a green SE5a, registration DMA 897N. Am I right in thinking its owner is called Neill? I seem to recall an article about its restoration, and the car having golden wheels (not the Dunlop composites it's wearing in the article photo).

The text says: "A bit of a bi-polar car-maker, producing three-wheeled grotesques at one end and the handsome, pioneering, Scimitar GTE sports estate at the other, a model serially bought by Princess Anne. The later Scimitar SS1 was an ugly but surprisingly able sports car. The final Reliants were made in 2002."

Is that last statement true!?

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Post by scimjim » Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:52 pm

Like the mk2 sabres, many cars were sold by the receivers in an incomplete state, so some are registered much later. Reliant produced their last car on 14 Feb 2001 but B&N plastics produced the Robin BN1 & BN2 under licence up until Oct 2002.


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Post by rebel alliance » Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:54 pm

I'm not sure she ever had to pay for one ? Maybe the middlebridge..



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Post by Roger Pennington » Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:24 pm

ScimiTom wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:47 pm
Amongst others was Reliant, with a photo of a green SE5a, registration DMA 897N. Am I right in thinking its owner is called Neill? I seem to recall an article about its restoration, and the car having golden wheels (not the Dunlop composites it's wearing in the article photo).
Yes it's the car of Neil Dutton, which is a concours winner and was on the Club's NEC stand a few years ago. It featured in a major restoration article in Practical Classics. :)


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