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Ogle was asked to submit designs for a new four seater Scimitar and the SE5 was conceived and ready for the 1968 Motor Show in under 12 months. The SE5 came with the 3.0 Ford Essex engine used in the previous SE4a/b. This gave the SE5 a claimed top speed of over 120 mph.



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I've seen lots of UK Army FV107 Scimitars during NATO exercises in the 1980'es, but the Reliant Scimitar i've only seen in car magazines.

Always thought it was a pretty cool car - even with those 1973 Morris Marina door handles...
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I like these a lot. It amazes me how cheap they are. Another car maker that saw the potential of the sporty estate car 25 years before anyone else.

Cool because it's different.
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Poor mans Jenson Inteceptor.. Bloody awful IMO with a bloody good Rover V8... Definitely Marmite.
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These are great photos. The colours, especially that dark green, really compliment it. The idea is cool. Who doesn't love a sporty estate?

Unfortunately, they are cheap because they are crap. They have all the ingredients, if you can accept the blue collar running gear, and the looks but it was thrown together in typical Reliant fashion. It stunk of pee like most period fibreglass tat. It carried the further stigma of being a supposedly sporty stablemate to the three-wheeled cheapskate Regal van.

It wasn't quite right.

And why are they so cheap now? Probably why almost every one you ever see is a shed. They are unloved bstds. Therefore uncool, very nearly seriously uncool but I feel sorry for the poor bstd.


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had 2 of these [should have learned after the first one...] back in the day. then, they seem to owned by younger guys who couldn't afford a TR6. my first one was rubbish, i spent every weekend underneath it to make it driveable for the week. they seemed to be desirable in the 80s, more so when Middlebridge started making them again, but now? cheap as chips, most are tatty old things driven by crusty old blokes with beards & chunky wool jumpers - ok, bit of a generalisation. second one was another SE5A, bought from a car auction. it ran ok, wondered why the heater didn't work - that was because there was no heater matrix! there was a 1" pipe that went across the engine bay & back again!
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Bloody awful IMO with a bloody good Rover V8... Definitely Marmite.
They used a Ford V6.
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As a 'sporty estate' driver I'm massively conflicted by this one. Later versions look OK, at least a lot better than the early ones, and the GTC has a hint of stag about it, but Jim is right in that they are generally s&%t sheds and the idea you are sat in the smell of your own GRPee is enough to tip it. Uncool.
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Looks like a sporty Allegro estate.
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Looks fantastic. As long as I don't have to have one, it's cool.
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Rover v8 was a commonly put in them but they do have the ford Essex v6 as standard. And yeah my father had a few interceptor and my brother always liked them... Ended up with a scimitar though after seeing one overtake him with a caravan around 100mph
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they do have the ford Essex v6 as standard.
Cologne V6 in the later versions.
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They used a Ford V6.
Someone I knew with one, had a Rover V8.. Maybe that was done post factory.

Sounded great, pulled like a train but the rest of it was a P.O.S.
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I like them.
When i stayed in Hythe with work in the late 90s the old boy who had the B&B 2 of them.
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Gaz - you really don't have a clue do you?
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Like was said. Just a big, smelly fibre glass crash helmet. 'Orrible!
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Yep' I guess he might at that.

Ee' don't like them folk South of the Watford gap do Ee' ? Who cares, Luton for ever, crime centre of the UK?
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Sub zero, always fancied one. No idea how they drove and don't care because it had the Essex V6 and looked a little different
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Thein lies the point. Drive one and see how you like it, if... you can stop shaking enough to make a clear decision?
1-4 2-5 3-6 ?
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Thein lies the point. Drive one and see how you like it, if... you can stop shaking enough to make a clear decision?
1-4 2-5 3-6 ?
Well remembered. That old Essex did make a great noise though twin exhausts.
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