1971 Reliant Scimitar SE5 GTE
4-Speed Manual with Overdrive
Nevada Yellow (but let's just call it Mustard)
As bought from a young chap in Christchurch near Bournemouth. I have been lusting after one of these slightly quirky looking plastic pigs for a number of years now.
Near-Side Roll-Over Hoop to Chassis location
Off-Side Roll-Over Hoop to Chassis location - a bit corroded, but the only corrosion I could find.
Filter looks a bit naff but certainly sounds fruity!
I have so far failed to find any rust on the chassis or out-riggers.
The body-shell has no signs of problems regarding rust of the internal steel sections.
There are no visible note-worthy cracks in the body-shell.
The engine appears to be in very good health with very good indicated oil pressure and easy starting.
Recent Spax rear shock absorbers.
It came with a set of Superflex bushes for the front suspension and a galvanised bolt in replacement front nose support cross-member.
It's Tax Free!!!!!
The not so good:
The corroded off-side bottom end of the roll-over bar.
The window seals are perished.
All four seats require replacement.
The steering is very stiff - suspect trunnions.
Gear selection is bad and Overdrive doesn't work.
Front edge of doors are broken - check strap plate pulling through.
Various electrical gremlins - Horn, Rear Wash/Wipe, Heated Rear Screen (well come on, it's a 41year old fibre-glass car, what did you expect?).
Oh, and I found this hiding in the near-side boot trough:
I am very happy. Very very happy. In fact I grin every time I look at it and get all school-boy like every time I start it.
Let the fun begin!