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68 GTE Prototype

Post by windy » Wed Jan 25, 2012 1:21 pm

1968 was indeed a good year and also the year the SE5 was launched. I see yours is a Coupe, which I have always admired but I need the extra versatility of a hatchback for the dog! I guess my car is half Coupe though, as the chassis is a lengthened Coupe one & probably the only "F" reg SE5 built, although I stand to be corrected.

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Re: Not otter switches

Post by DARK STAR » Wed Jan 25, 2012 4:37 pm

Mark, that looks great, they are out of stock at the moment but I'll keep an eye on their website.
I'm a great fan of Farnell's, I didn't know they still existed, though under another name.

Your SE5 sounds very interesting, I'd love to see a photo (or more).
You're right about its rarity, the only F reg GTE I have on file is the prototype.
Jim Pace or Dave Poole will certainly know if there are others.
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Re: Not otter switches

Post by scimjim » Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:30 pm

windy wrote:1968 was indeed a good year and also the year the SE5 was launched. I see yours is a Coupe, which I have always admired but I need the extra versatility of a hatchback for the dog! I guess my car is half Coupe though, as the chassis is a lengthened Coupe one & probably the only "F" reg SE5 built, although I stand to be corrected.
I'm intrigued (and I expect Jim P will be along soon) AFAIK the only SE5 on a modified coupe chassis is the prototype - and the only SE5 on an F reg is the prototype (the press/launch/show cars were on G plates) - and that has an American V8 and was being rebuilt last time I spoke to the owner (a long time ago) - was that you Mark?


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Re: Not otter switches

Post by windy » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:22 pm

scimjim wrote:I'm intrigued (and I expect Jim P will be along soon) AFAIK the only SE5 on a modified coupe chassis is the prototype - and the only SE5 on an F reg is the prototype (the press/launch/show cars were on G plates) - and that has an American V8 and was being rebuilt last time I spoke to the owner (a long time ago) - was that you Mark?
Hi Jim,
yes, that was me. The car had to take second place for a while because the cottage was falling down but now thats nearing completion I'm starting to get motivated into getting the car back on the road. It was a close call at one point & I did toy with selling it to fund the cottage renovation. In the end I thought better of it though & just mothballed the car renovation project & put everything into the cottage. Its really quite exciting to be working on the car again now, and only the weather is a problem!
By the way, Farnell are still in existance as well as CPC-Farnell, I order from both regularly as the one company will not let you order items from the other lol.



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Re: Not otter switches

Post by DARK STAR » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:36 pm

Brilliant! That is a very special car, I'm glad it's in good hands.


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Re: Not otter switches

Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:42 pm

Excellent! yes I'll echo that, good to hear the car's around and on it's way back, and hope to see it and you, in the future :D


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Re: Not otter switches

Post by scimjim » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:47 pm

windy wrote:
scimjim wrote:I'm intrigued (and I expect Jim P will be along soon) AFAIK the only SE5 on a modified coupe chassis is the prototype - and the only SE5 on an F reg is the prototype (the press/launch/show cars were on G plates) - and that has an American V8 and was being rebuilt last time I spoke to the owner (a long time ago) - was that you Mark?
Hi Jim,
yes, that was me. The car had to take second place for a while because the cottage was falling down but now thats nearing completion I'm starting to get motivated into getting the car back on the road. It was a close call at one point & I did toy with selling it to fund the cottage renovation. In the end I thought better of it though & just mothballed the car renovation project & put everything into the cottage. Its really quite exciting to be working on the car again now, and only the weather is a problem!
By the way, Farnell are still in existance as well as CPC-Farnell, I order from both regularly as the one company will not let you order items from the other lol.
Brilliant - yes, you mentioned possibly selling it and sent me some pictures of the car and an engine in bits :-) I wasn't in a position to seriously consider buying at that time :-(

Have you managed to revert the nose cone to "prototype" standard? love to see some recent pics.


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Re: Not otter switches

Post by scimjim » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:48 pm

I think this warrants a seperate thread modz - perhaps project progress if Mark can post some piccs?


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Re: Not otter switches

Post by Roger Pennington » Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:57 pm

That sounds fair enough to me, if you don't mind a bit of limelight, Mark. (this thread has certainly lived up to it's title of "not otter switches"! :lol: )


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Re: GTE Pototype

Post by scimjim » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:00 pm

probably the most important car in Reliant's history IMHO? would love to see it at Curborough Mark :-) In fact, I'll need to pop up to Craigs soon, so I'd love to see it - full stop :-)


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Re: GTE Pototype

Post by windy » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:02 pm

Thanks for the encouragement chaps. This forum is definitely helping with enthusiasm levels. The only downside is its a lot easier & warmer reading your exploits on here than going out on a cold windy hillside to work on the car.... I'm afraid I am not one for the limelight, thats why I live on a cold windy hillside lol. Will try to keep you all posted on any milestones in the renovation though. With regards the nosecone I will leave it alone, its presently as it was when Peter Bailey bought the car in '68 so seems a shame to change it.



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Re: GTE Pototype

Post by DARK STAR » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:05 pm

I agree about the nose, didn't like the original, and after all it is genuine Reliant.
Hope it will also be keeping the V8 !!!


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Re: GTE Pototype

Post by Gemini Bob » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:10 pm

A project thread with periodic updates would be nice Mark and lots of pictures for us to drool over, as others have said this is a car that will keep interest levels high.

what V8 did it have fitted?


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Re: GTE Pototype

Post by Elizabeth's dad » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:11 pm

scimjim wrote:I expect Jim P will be along soon
Weve already exchanged emails, I'm really excited about the prospect of seeing the car.


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Re: GTE Pototype

Post by windy » Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:16 pm

It was fitted with the Ford smallblock 289 V8 & this was a major attraction for me. It was seized solid though, so has been rebored & is on my workbench in the shed waiting for a few parts to arrive before it can be reassembled. Should we move this elsewhere, as I don't want to hijack the "not otter switches" thread?
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