The Reliant Scimitar GT SE4 is an unusual coupe that was produced in very small numbers from 1964-1970. Just over 1,000 were made, so it’s particularly great to this street parked example in Bristol.
The design for this car started out as a private commission fulfilled by Mr David Ogle (later of Ogle Design) and was subsequently purchased by Ray Wiggin of Reliant after he saw the car presented at the 1962 Motor Show.
Originally designed around the underpinnings of a Daimler Dart, the car was then reworked to fit the chassis and running gear of Reliant’s Sabre sports car.
PMT 338F is what’s known as an SE4B, a second-generation version of the Scimitar coupe that used Ford’s 3.0-litre Essex V6 engine instead of the 2.6-litre straight six the car debuted with.
Using a lightweight fibreglass body mounted on a steel box-section chassis, the Scimitar GT was a light car with impressive performance.
A period test from Autocar stated:
“At a Glance – High performance 2+2 coupe. Lusty, low revving engine in conjunction with high gearing gives effortless cruising at three-figure speeds. Good gear change, but rather wide ratios. Smooth, light clutch. Ride and handling very good, and much improved over the earlier car. Light, accurate steering and first class brakes with powerful servo. Ventilation improved but still not ideal. Fuel and range very good”.
It appears PMT 338F was subject to a restoration sometime prior to 2014 and has since covered around 12,000 miles.
|Registration Number:||PMT 338F|
|Model:||Scimitar GT SE4|
|First registered (UK):||24th January 1968|