One for Jim Pace here...
My news feed on MSN flagged up an article entitled: 'Five brilliant cars built by rubbish '70s Britain'. And there, as I had hoped, was the Scimitar GTE (specifically the SE5-series) in third place, pipped only by the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and the Jaguar XJ-S. The car shown in the photos is a white SE5a, registration GWK 660N.
The text says: Trend-setting and much-desired in the ’70s, the Reliant Scimitar GTE still has a lot going for it – including reliable Ford V6 running gear for nifty performance and easy servicing. The body still has a refreshing elegance about it that no other sports estate has ever quite matched – although the glassfibre construction is something of a double-edged sword. Sure, it’ll never rust, but it’s also inescapably linked to the Reliant Robin. Cheap-to-buy Scimitars have always invited 'improvements' in the form of silly wheels and the like – encouraging the general view that the GTE was really just a jumped-up kit car. Regardless, they remain cool things if you can find one in a nice bright ’70s colour with all the right bits. Look to pay no more than £10,000 tops, and possibly as little as two grand.
Seen a Scimitar somewhere? Looking for a long lost Scimitar or Sabre? This is the place.
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