Does RRF 186G still exisit?

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Post by David Tew » Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:36 am

I was thumbing through some old magazines when I came across the following photo. Does the car still exist?
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1968 Coupe SE4b 3L. Rebuilt on new chassis. 4HA Powr-lok. Anti-tramp mountings. Wider front track. BW T5 gearbox & Pro 5.0 quickshift. Cosworth clutch. Stainless manifolds & exhaust. Stainless tank. Roller rockers. V63 cam. Vulcan stage-2 unleaded heads. 15" Cobras. ....

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Post by chrisgallacher » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:03 am

What's the car in front? Gilbern?


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Post by David Tew » Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:14 am

chrisgallacher wrote:
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What's the car in front? Gilbern?
Yes, probably a MK1 Invader but could be a very late Genie.


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Post by roymck » Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:32 pm

No trace of the car on Dvla search so probably scrapped . Interesting as it has the upright filler cap that makes it a pre 500 chassis number but it’s a very early one as the filler is bottom hinged not upper hinged . However not too early to have cantilever rear hatch stays unless of course as it’s a test mule they tried out the window rams on it.



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Does RRF 186G still exisit?

Post by DavePoole » Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:01 pm

That car also features in "Car" magazine dated January 1969, so it must be a very early SE5.

I also have the full magazine article from Motor January 17th 1970 in which the Scimitar was used as a film car to 15 minute programme for the BBC for Schools and Colleges, called "Science Session" - Faster Cars - A motoring magazine's performance tests, drag-racing, and the world land-speed record all help to make clear what exactly is meant by speed and acceleration. Produced by MORTON SURGUY.

The magazine article said at one point that the Scimitar did 115 mph around M.I.R.A with 5 heavy people and various heavy test gear. It made me laugh when it said the cameraman was a large Scottish man complete with kilt, who had to climb in the back hatch to do some filming :lol:

The programme was aired on BBC1 on January 14th 1970, but I've never been able to find a copy of the programme as yet.


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