1985 Reliant Scimitar ss1 1.6 from UK and Ireland
The most fun car I have ever owned (and I have had quite a few)
Chassis needed complete rebuild on purchase due to lack of rust proofing the later model had galvanized chassis so rust would not be a problem.
Replaced all brake pipes with copper and aeroquip braided hose.
Door hinge pins have a habit of wearing so were replaced.
Alternator replaced last year.
Cheap open top motoring at its best this car handles so well and holds the road like no other I have driven.
It is light being fibreglass bodied and with a ford 1600 cvh engine all set on a light weight chassis.
The interior is simple and functional most switch gear is pinched from the mini-metro the seats are very comfortable.
The soft top is easy to put up and down less than 1 min and stays dry in all, but the worst downpours the normal leaks being where the roof edge meets the windows.
Hard top hardly ever gets put on, but when it is it tends to be as noisy if not worse than the rag top.
Price wise you won't do better £1000 will get you a car needing work, but running and probably with mot.
£2000 and a good sorted car can be yours.
Pay upwards of £3000-?6000 and you can get a galvanized chassis condition A1 1800 turbo and hit 125 m.p.h.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th September, 2003