Reliant Scimitar GTC
Code Name (SE8b)
1978, Reliant started working on a prototype convertible Scimitar, based on the
design of the Triumph Stag. The soft top was farmed out to the Coventry Hood Company, who used highest
quality German Happich material instead of cheaper vinyl which was traditionally
used in most two seater sports cars. The seating was the same as a
normal GTE, which meant that the rear seats could be folded down so larger
items could be put into the boot.
It was 1980 before the Scimitar GTC was sold to the public. Although an option, most GTC's were fitted with Wolfrace wheels, power steering, electric windows, electric aerial and people had to ask for the power steering to be removed to reduce the price. This car was termed the SE8b and was available for £11,360. The Scimitar was good value for money and was compared with the Mercedes 280SL, which was £6,000 dearer.
Optional extras included a hardtop fitted with rear screen heater. Production of the GTC finally halted in November 1986, with only 442 being built.