All About Reliant Scimitars

If you a classic sports car buff who’s looking for a spiffy sports coupe that will fit right in with a contemporary lifestyle, you might be interested in a Reliant Scimitar or a Reliant Kitten. Between 1968 and 1990, the Scimitar GTE, which was manufactured in partnership with the Ford Motor Company, was one of the bestselling sporting estate automobiles in the U.K. You can find vintage Reliant classic cars on eBay.

What are some of a Reliant Scimitar’s most characteristic features?

The secret to the Reliant Scimitar’s manoeuvrability is its relatively light weight. Every sports car model in this series featured a fibreglass body that was mounted on a steel-box chassis. Other features incorporated into the Scimitar car include:

  • A 3-litre Ford V-6 engine
  • Two front seats and two fold-down back bucket seats
  • A central console with flick switches for the lights and fan and rotary switches for the heaters
  • Rear-window wipers
How many different Renault Scimitar models are there?

Nine different Renault Scimitar car models were released during the period between 1964 and 1986:

  • Scimitar GT SE4 (1964)
  • Scimitar GT SE4A/B (1966)
  • Scimitar GT SE4C (1967)
  • Scimitar GTE SE5 (1968-1972)
  • Scimitar GTE SE5A (1972-1975)
  • Scimitar GTE SE6 (1975-1976)
  • Scimitar GTE SE6A (1976–1980)
  • Scimitar GTE SE6B (1980-1986)
  • Scimitar GTC SE8 (1980–1986)
How fast is the Reliant Scimitar?

The Reliant Scimitar GTE reaches speeds of 120 miles per hour. This Reliant Scimitar model accelerates very quickly and can go from 0 miles per hour to 60 miles per hour in a little more than 10 seconds. Thanks to its dual trailing-arms and coil-sprung back axle, which was connected to the steering mechanism through a Watts linkage, the Scimitar car has good road-holding capacity at high speeds, particularly considering the era in which it was developed.

How do the Reliant Scimitar and the Reliant Kitten differ?

As a sports coupe, the Reliant Scimitar was designed for motorists who enjoy the driving experience itself. The Reliant Kitten, on the other hand, was Reliant's entry into the economy car market. Though it’s a sports car, it incorporated springs, dampers, and an anti-roll bar that aimed to reduce vibrations on the road. The Reliant Kitten's interior featured more comfortable seats as well as amenities like a map pocket and a radio.