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The RELIANT Scimitar
Few would have believed that when a small engineering company started producing three wheeled vans in 1935, it would go on to make a sports car that would be emulated in one form or another by almost every other car manufacturer around the world. The Reliant Engineering Company (Tamworth) Ltd. (as it was originally called) is so well known for its three-wheeled vehicles that many are surprised to learn that the company also produced ground breaking sports cars as well.

It was the demand for a competitive four-wheeled vehicle in Israel that persuaded Reliant to add an extra wheel and before long they had developed the Sabra Sports for the Israeli market. Seeing a potential in the home market, Reliant introduced the Sabre sports car which was quickly followed by a more powerful Sabre Six and an executive type sports car , the Scimitar GT. This itself led on to perhaps Reliantís most famous sports car of all, the Scimitar GTE.

The Scimitar GTE was something the world had never seen before, an automobile that was both a sports car and an estate rolled into one. With its unique rising waistline it broke all the standards for sports car design combining the performance of a sports car with the utility of a family estate car. It soon became a phenomenon in its own right and an instant hit with celebrities and Royals alike.

The changing economic tide of the 1980s brought a new smaller sports car with the Scimitar SS1 which itself went through various development stages resulting in the SST, Sabre and Scimitar Sabre until production finally ceased in 1995.

This book details all Reliant sports cars from the Sabra to the last Scimitar Sabre and in addition also covers many sports car projects like the Scimitar SE7, SE82 as well as unrealised plans for a new Scimitar in the late 1990s.

The RELIANT Scimitar

Author(s)Elvis PAYNE
About the author(s)Elvis' interest in 3-wheelers began in 1990 when, prior to going to university, his motorcycle was stolen and he purchased his first Reliant Robin. At the time Reliant 3-wheelers could be driven on a motorcycle licence. It was this that started his interest in 3-wheeled vehicles and more specifically in the Reliant Motor Company.

In 2000, Elvis set up www.3-wheelers.com which is now possibly the largest web site on 3-wheeled cars on the Internet. To date it has had over 2.6 million hits.

Elvis started writing in 2005 with his first book being, How to restore Reliant Regal that was heavily based upon a Reliant Supervan III that he was restoring at the time. An updated/ revised edition of this book was released in November 2017. In addition to these, Elvis has written five more books with the latest one being The Reliant Motor Company released in May 2016. His next book is the Reliant Scimitar due in August 2018.

In 2016, Elvis co-founded the Reliant Motor Club at www.reliant.website with fellow Reliant enthusiast Mark Cropper of which Elvis is the Chairman, Webmaster and Club Historian. Whilst Elvis' daily runner these days is a "modern" 4-wheeler, there have also been a number of 3-wheelers as well. Elvis works in the IT sector and lives in Tamworth (UK) the former home of the Reliant Motor Company. He is married with a son.

Year Published2018
RemarksVoorwoord door l Foreword by HRH The Princess Royal
LanguageEngels l English
BindingGebonden met stofomslag l Hardbound with dustjacket
Size258 x 260 x 9 mm
StockLimited stock


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