Comments - Unique of the Week: 1978 Reliant Scimitar GTE

Published: Dec 08, 2012
Description: Defunct British automaker Reliant is best known for creating the Robin, a three-wheeled embarrassment whose knack for rolling over was once perfectly demonstrated by Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson. H...
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Kyle Kloewer Dec 10, 2012
Carlton Salmon Dec 08, 2012
She got nicked for speeding in it too.
Matt Baughman Dec 08, 2012
Nick, I hoped someone would have said that.
Jommel Marcella Dec 08, 2012
Idk that.
Dylan Gregori Page Dec 08, 2012
Donte Perino Dec 08, 2012
I actually like it.
Wissam Nasr Dec 08, 2012
Not bad!
Carlton Salmon Dec 08, 2012
The doors and bonnet are a different shade to the rest of the car.
Wyatt Gordon Dec 08, 2012
Styling wise, it Looks like the Ferrari FF of 30 odd years ago
Jeremiah Goins Dec 08, 2012
Wow. I actually like the proportions of this car. Too bad it's that color.
Description: The Scimitar (goofy name, we know) first appeared as a coupe back in 1964. Originally powered by a Ford 2.6-liter straight-six, this was later replaced in 1966 with the 3.0-liter Ford "Essex"...
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Cody Hale Dec 11, 2012
You know who had one of these? Princess Anne.
Jag Love Dec 08, 2012
And I blanked out on the Lagonda Rapier and the Rapier Cars company, as well. Ah... The effects of WD-40 and poor ventilation!
Jag Love Dec 08, 2012
Oooh! Forgot that one! Nice catch, Carlton!
Carlton Salmon Dec 08, 2012
There was the Sunbeam Rapier...
Jag Love Dec 08, 2012
A scimitar is a type of sword. That's not any "goofier" a name than Cutlass, thinking about it. (okay, Cutlass sounds better, admittedly). If they called it Rapier, then, well...
Description: Called the GTE, the unique design wasn't the car's only attribute. It received a different chassis frame, a new and relocated fuel tank, rollover bar, a revised suspension and cooling system...
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Carlton Salmon Dec 09, 2012
Yes it is, Sam.
Sam Biggin Dec 09, 2012
Is that a tow bar?
Mike Phillips Dec 09, 2012
Fibre glass, not metal guys.
Chris Redfield Dec 08, 2012
I think it looks pretty cool
Jeremiah Goins Dec 08, 2012
This thing barely has any body panel gaps. It is like they carved out one big block of sheet metal and stuck bumpers on it.
Description: It sold well but its funky design was not to everyone's taste. By 1980, Ford stopped building the Essex engine so Reliant replaced it with the Cologne V6, an engine that was only discontinued a f...
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Description: But for those looking to own something rare and unusual, this 1978 Scimitar GTE may fit the bill. Currently up for sale on eBay, this car could well be the only one of its kind in the US. Beginning ba...
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Cory Poteet Dec 09, 2012
Even if it's got air, yanking that tire out from under there is gonna make a flat tire suck a little more
Cory Poteet Dec 09, 2012
It's a bad spot
Jag Love Dec 08, 2012
Still, the very dry and potentially hot under-hood conditions can be very hostile to tires. I've seen enough heat-induced dry-rot from this in my 20 plus years in auto industry to be aware of it.
Jag Love Dec 08, 2012
First off, it was meant as levity, which was obviously lost on your joyless self. Second, modern tires are less than 14% actual rubber in most instances, with the remainder largely being carbon black, silicone and silica.
William Downs Dec 08, 2012
I'm guessing u never heard of tire warmers, or that tires are rubber not latex, big difference, being in the engine bay was to keep the tire from drying out, tires in the engine bay had a chemicals aplied to the rubber that reacted with heat to keep the compound from drying out after years
Jag Love Dec 08, 2012
I always get a little chuckle when I see spares mounted in the engine bay. Nothing like the heat of an engine for the longevity and integrity of rubber. It's a similarly bad choice for condom storage, as well. (live and learn, right?)
Description: It was imported to the US from the UK back in 2006 by a California-based collector, but was unable to drive due to strict requirements involving submitting a complete list of previous owners. It has a...
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Drew Humphrey Dec 08, 2012
That's a good price considering the uniqueness of the car.
Adam Thomson Apr 21, 2013
Thats called "two tone" my friend.