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1984-1990 Reliant Scimitar SS1/SST specifications

1984-1990 Reliant Scimitar SS1/SST specifications Classic and Performance Car

Small and lightweight but underpowered and badly built, the Reliant Scimitar SS1 is an interesting proposition


A brave experiment that didn’t quite make the grade despite being ahead of its time. The Scimitar SS1 was designed to plug the gap in the market vacated by the MGB and TR7 when they went out of production, and should have been a massive success. It was simple, cheap and fun – and handled well thanks to its all-independent suspension. However, the Michelotti styling was a mess, the Ford CVH engines underpowered and panel fit of the glassfibre panels was terrible. As a result, it never came close to selling in the numbers once envisaged. 

Production

  • Price at launch:
    £6,995
  • Price (excellent)
    £3,500
  • Price (good):
    £2,750
  • Price (average):
    £1,000
  • Price (project):
    £500

Performance

  • 0-60mph:
    11.2secs
  • Top speed:
    111.0mph
  • Power:
    95.0bhp
  • Torque:
    97.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    33.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    in-line four
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil springs
  • Suspension Rear:
    Independent, semi-trailing arms, coil springs
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-Engine RWD
  • Steering:
    rack and pinion
  • Bodyframe:
    Steel chassis and glassfibre body
  • Transmission:
    Five-speed manual

Dimensions

  • Length:
    3886mm
  • Wheelbase:
    2133mm
  • Width:
    1582mm
  • Height:
    1240mm
  • Weight:
    887kgs

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