Rover 2000 P6

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It’s all orig­i­nal ex­pect for the colour – which was copied from a model P6.

T he Reliant Scimitar GTE was based on the orig­i­nal Ogle GTS es­tate de­signed by Tom Karen at Ogle and the Reliant Anadol es­tate, a car that had orig­i­nally been built for the Turk­ish mar­ket. How­ever, it was Peter Bai­ley, Ogle’s body de­signer who was re­spon­si­ble for re­fin­ing the early GTS con­cept into the sports hatch­back shape of that was to even­tu­ally evolve as the Scimitar GTE SE5.

The car’s aero­dy­nam­i­cally ef­fi­cient de­sign at­tracted many celebrity owners, in­clud­ing Her Royal High­ness Princess Anne who from 1970 un­til pro­duc­tion of the Scimitar GTE ended in 1986 owned sev­eral dif­fer­ent GTEs. It is be­lieved that Her Royal High­ness liked the model a great deal and it’s be­lieved she still owns her last one, a late Mid­dlewich. Praise in­deed and the first mock-up of the Reliant Scimitar GTE SE5 was un­veiled in 1967 at Ogle De­sign’s premises at Letch­worth in Hert­ford­shire. Fol­low­ing a view­ing by Reliant MD Ray Wig­gin, the project was given the go-ahead and the first SE5 was ready for the 1968 Mo­tor Show less than 12 months later.

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