Monday 12 December 2011
The Reliant Scimitar name was used for a series of sports car models produced by British car manufacturer Reliant between 1964 and 1986. During its 22-year production it developed into a range of versions including a convertible launched in 1980. In 1984 Reliant launched the smaller Scimitar SS1.
More of a luxury model than the SE5, the SE6 series was promoted to the executive market. These models were two-door sports estates, again with the Ford V6 3.0 L engine: the wheelbase was increased by 4 inches (10 cm) and the track by 3 inches (8 cm) making the cars correspondingly longer and wider than their predecessors. The extra length was used to improve rear-seat legroom and access which enhanced the car's credentials as a 'genuine' four-seater. The SE6 was replaced by the SE6A in late 1976. 543 SE6 models were produced.
The SE6A displayed a number of changes, including brakes and suspension. 3877 SE6As were made. Ford had stopped making the "Essex" engine by 1980, so one of the major differences with the SE6B was the engine choice. The German-built Ford "Cologne" 2.8 L V6 was used instead, and provided similar power but rather less torque at low revs. The final drive ratio was lowered to compensate.
Only 437 SE6Bs were manufactured. Production ceased by 1986.
Capacity: 2994 cc
Power: 155 HP
Top Speed: 200 km/h