Technical Specifications, History etc.
The Scimitar was the first
car to introduce the idea of separate folding rear
seat-backs, allowing the owner to change the carrying
capacity, between four-seats plus a reasonable amount of
luggage, three seats and more luggage, or two seats and a
large carrying capacity, all accessible through the rear
top-hinged glass tailgate, supported on gas-struts. They
are built on a very strong steel backbone chassis, with
glass-reinforced-plastic bodywork, and together with a
very torquey engine, the Scimitar is a very strong and
long lasting vehicle. A very high percentage of the
Scimitars built are still in regular use, having achieved
very high mileages in the meantime. The Scimitar also has
an advanced suspension design (unequal-length wishbones
at the front, six-link rear with Watts linkage,
coil-springs all round), traditional rear-drive layout,
excellent weight distribution (helped by theV6 engine
being set well back in the chassis). This makes a car
that is both fun to drive on twisty A roads, and still
capable of travelling extremely long distances at
sustained high speeds. The relatively simple design &
construction of the car make the Scimitar relatively easy
to repair by the home mechanic without need for special
tools. These are the reasons that I chose my Scimitar and
as I have done everything on the restoration myself I
think this just goes to show that they must be easy to
||3 pot Girling / Lockheed
calipers front. Drums rear.
||4 speed plus
overdrive, 4 speed close ratio with higher ratio
rear differential. Borg Wagner type 35 3 speed
Auto or Ford C3 3 speed auto (Late SE5A's).
||Coil over damper
double wishbone from TR6, trunnion bearing and
ball joint steering pivot, anti-roll bar.
rear longitudinal location rods with Watts
linkage arrangement for lateral position, and
coil over damper units.
||0-60 mph - 8.9
||Standing 1/4 mile
- 16.7 secs
21 mpg ,Motorway 26 mpg
||5 feet 4 1/2
||4 feet 2 1/2
||14 feet 2 inches
Webasto sunroof, Leather interior.