1988 Reliant Scimitar 1400

1988 Reliant Scimitar

This is a fantastic example of the Reliant Scimitar 1400, hand built by the Reliant Motor Company in the UK. However the company is more well known for the 3 wheeled Robin and the Scimitar that Princess Anne made famous. When the MG Midget and Austin-Healey Sprite went out of production Reliant saw a gap in the market and thought that they could make a replacement, the SS1 – which stands for Small Sports 1.

They made 1600 of them from 1985 – 1990. This very crisp fresh example is number 1313 and has a galvanised chassis – all cars with chassis number over 900 had this. With the light fibreglass body and galvanised chassis there isn’t anything to rust making this a very usable classic.

The early Scimitars had the 1600 Ford XR3 and 1300 Orion motors, the company then upgraded to the 1400 Orion motor in 1988. This vehicle is a NZ new example and in fact the only known example on New Zealand roads.

This car has been well maintained by our client, the current long-term owner of the vehicle, including cambelt replacement etc etc.

This is an amazing car to drive and not only looks great but handles and holds the road as one would expect from a British built sports car. This vehicle is reading a genuine 39400 Miles .

Please contact us for further information and photos. Viewing is by appointment only in our North Canterbury based Motor House.

BAINS CLASSIC MOTOR HOUSE will be holding a Classic Car, Memorabilia and Antique Auction on site on Sunday the 23rd of February 2020.Lots and further information will be available on our website closer to the time.


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  • Mileage: 39400
  • Model Year: 1988
  • Trans: Manual
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Ext color: White
  • Int color: Grey