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1968-1975 RELIANT Scimitar GTE SE5 specifications


Reliant scored a major hit with the Scimitar GTE. It had been Reliant’s idea to ask Ogle’s Tom Karen to redesign the SE4 into a sporting estate, and when it subsequently appeared, the new car proved highly successful. As well as being good looking and usefully commodious, the 3-litre Ford V6 gave the GTE plenty of performance. The body style proved such a trendsetter that other manufacturers raced to produce their own versions, with Volvo’s P1800ES and Lancia’s Beta HPE being the most faithful homages. Despite that, values remain criminally low.

Production

  • Production:
    5127
  • Price at launch:
    £1,759
  • Price (excellent)
    £4,750
  • Price (good):
    £3,500
  • Price (average):
    £1,500
  • Price (project):
    £500

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    8.9secs
  • Top speed:
    121.0mph
  • Power:
    119.0bhp
  • Torque:
    144.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    20.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    V6
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Live axle, coil spring
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    chassis and glassfibre body
  • Transmission:
    Four-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    4242mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2337mm
  • Width:
    1600mm
  • Height:
    1283mm
  • Weight:
    991kgs

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