Classic Car

The Scimitar GTC should have been another money spinner for Reliant. When it emerged in 1980, it had the market all to itself – the Triumph Stag had been dead three years. It was the large Triumph that obviously provided inspiration – with its T-piece targa arrangement and removable hardtop – and just like Triumph, Reliant struggled to meet ambitious sales expectations. The main problem wasn’t the product at all, which was very good, but the fact it was launched in the middle of a recession. By the time the economy had recovered, the GTC was old hat...

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