BUYING WITH CONFIDENCE
CONCOURS £4500- 5000
1 CHOOSE CAREFULLY
Nut-and-bolt ‘period’ restorations aren’t commonplace, but a few are being done. Check within the club to find them.
2 LOOK FOR QUALITY
Condition is what governs prices, with year and spec being secondary. Nissan 1800Ti engines and 1.4-litre K-Series are particularly sought-after.
3 TWEAKS AREN’T BAD
Most enthusiasts are not purists, so discreet modifications that add real performance can enhance desirability. Get them checked if you’re not sure.
GOOD £2500- 4000
1 IS IT LOOKED AFTER?
DIY maintenance is common, making it extra important to check a given car’s quality. Many have suffered periods of inaction.
2 CHECK THE BODY
Any repairs will need to be spoton, otherwise haggle accordingly. Early SS1s have notoriously dodgy panel gaps, so be forgiving.
3 HAS IT BEEN ABUSED?
Track day modifications needn’t be a worry if the owner is a true enthusiast who knows how to care for the car. Interrogate them to be sure.
USABLE £1500- 2500
1 SEEK OUT THE BEST
Due to the closeness in price between shabby examples and good ones, only choose the former if you enjoy being hands-on.
2 LOOK UNDERNEATH
The panels may be GRP but chassis rust hidden beneath a smart body can be an issue, especially pregalvanising (1986).
3 HOW’S IT RUNNING?
These are well documented and mostly easy to sort, because the engines and transmissions were common in other vehicles.
PROJECT £500- 1500
1 IS IT WORTH IT?
You’re unlikely to recoup your investment (resale values are too low) but you’ll get enthusiastic appreciation from the busy Reliant scene.
2 CHECK OUT THE PARTS
They’re mechanically straightforward and, with the exception of some bits of trim, spares availability shouldn’t be a problem.
3 LOOK AT THE GRP
Small GRP repairs are DIY-able and rewarding. Large-scale fabrication is a specialist job, but there are suitable experts in the RSSOC.