Reliant began building three-wheelers in 1935 and carved itself an enviable niche in the economy car sector. It wasn't until 1961, that the company mmoved into the four-wheeled business with the pretty glassfibre Sabre sports car. In 1968 with the launch of the Scimitar GTE, the world begun to take notice of Reliant - mainly because the idea of a fast, luxurious station wagon had never before been tried at the affordable end of the market.
This was the high point of Reliant’s existence, as the firm was unable to come up with a suitable successor. In later years, Reliant relied more on its Robin and Rialto three-wheelers (as well as their four-wheeled Kitten offshoot) for business, but this wasn’t enough to sustain the company and its life as a car maker came to an end in 2002.