Rover 2000 P6
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.