Reliant Scimitar GT

Code Name (SE4a/b) 

In late 1966 Ford dropped the 2.6 litre engine and replaced it with the new 3 litre Essex engine (as used in the latest MK IV Ford Zodiac).  This meant that Reliant had to do a good deal of development work to existing the Scimitar GT to enable the new more powerful engine to fit and obtain best performance and handling.  As the Essex engine was shorter, it was mounted further back in the bulkhead to help improve weight distribution.  The lower wishbones were re-positioned, the tower structures and cross members were re-inforced and an anti roll bar was fitted.  Other modifications included replacing the wire wheels with wider steel wheels as standard, fitting a higher ratio rear axle (3.58 :1 replaced the 3.875).  

Above:  Scimitar GT Chassis


The interior was updated to move with the times.  There was now an all anti-dazzle black interior (including black  instrument dial bezels instead of the previous chrome versions).  The padded facia board had crash pads at the top and bottom and improvements were made with the ventilation by fitting directional variable ventilator jets, as used by Ford.

Above: The new Scimitar GT


Above: Scimitar GT has a makeover.  Black Vinyl.


Later on Reliant did some more work to try and improve the interior, mainly the centre console and switch layout and this was known as the SE4b.

Above: Scimitar GT SE4b with new centre console and switch layout


This is what Autocar said about the new 3 litre Scimitar GT on 12th January 1967:

"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". 


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Above: Geoff Richards 1967 Scimitar GT


Type: Ford Essex, V6, 
Bore and Stroke: 93.7mm x 72.4mm
Cubic Capacity: 2994cc
Valves: Overhead, pushrods and rockers.
Compression Ratio: 8:9 :1
Carburetter: Weber Twin choke 40 DFA-1
Fuel Pump: AC Mechanical
Oil Filter: AC Full Flow, renewable element
Max Power (net): 136 b.h.p. (net) @ 4,750 r.p.m.
Max Torque (net): 192 lb. ft. (net) @ 3,000 r.p.m.
Clutch: Single dry-plate, diaphragm spring
Diameter: 9 in.


Differential: Hypoid bevel
Ratio: 3.58 to 1


Transmission:   4-speed all synchromesh
Overdrive - (OD) Laycock
Ratios: 1st 3.16 
Ratios: 2nd 2.21 
Ratios: 3rd 1.41 - 1.10(OD)
Ratios: 4th 1.0 - 0.82 (OD)


Steering: Rack and pinion
Turns Lock to Lock: 3.3
Turn Circle: 35.6 ft.


Brakes:  Servo Ass. Girling Powerstop vacuum type.  Hydraulic, Disc front, drum rear
Drum or Disc Diameter: F = 10.6in. dia;  R= 9in. dia; 1.75in. wide shoes
Swept Area: F 227 sq. in. R 99 sq. in.


Frame: Pressed steel box frame
Body: Fiber/Resin, bolt-on
Front Suspension: Independent coil springs, wishbones, telescopic dampers, anti roll bar
Rear Suspension: Live, coil springs, modified watts linkage. telescopic dampers, trailing arms
Wheels Pressed steel wheels 5.5in rim
Tyre Size and Type: 165x15, Pirelli Cinturato radial-ply with tubes
Wheelbase: 7ft 8.5 in.
Front Track: 4ft 2in. 
Rear Track: 4ft 2in.
Overall Height: 4ft. 3.5 in.
Overall Width: 5ft 4in.
Overall Length: 13ft 11 in.
Ground Clearance: 5.5 in.
Curb Weight: 22.1 cwt. 
Test Weight: 25.5 cwt.
Oil Capacity: Sump 9.5 Pints.
Water Capacity: 22 Pints.
Fuel Capacity: 21.3 gals.


0-30 (mph): 3.1 sec.
0-40 (mph): 5.1 sec.
0-50 (mph): 7.2 sec.
0-60 (mph): 10.0 sec.
0-70 (mph): 13.0 sec.
0-80 (mph): 17.1 sec.
0-90 (mph): 22.6 sec.
0-100 (mph): 29.6 sec.
0-110 (mph): 41.0 sec.
Standing 1/4 mile: 17.1 sec @ 80 mph. 
Top Speed: 121 mph
Fuel Consumption Test: (Overall) 22.1 mpg.
Average Consumption: (Touring) 23.0 mpg.