IT'S all about the British drives for Paul Kenny who is showing off his 1978 Reliant Scimitar SE6a in our Me and My Motor feature this week.

The Hampshire classic car enthusiast is not a fan of foreign motors and likes his Reliant so much that he's on his third incarnation of the same vehicle. Less than 4,000 SE6As were ever made and that made it the most popular version of all the SE6 shapes.

The nicest car Paul has ever had in his garage was a Series 3 Daimler XJ 6 and he'll probably get a Vanden Plas 1300 or Morris 1100/1300 next.

Paul, who likes nothing more than hitting some of the UK's incredible B roads in his motor, has driven as far as Rome and Gibraltar for work.

And he has no plans to go electric, unless he comes into some money.

"I’m too old," he laughs. "By the time I could afford one, I’ll be pushing up the daisies. But it would be a Jaguar or Tesla if I did."

Paul is a regular at car shows and particularly likes the classic and racing car shows which usually take place at the NEC in Birmingham and should return next year after a Covid induced break in 2020.

The Reliant Scimitar name was used for a series of sports car models produced by British car manufacturer Reliant between 1964 and 1986. During its 22-year production it developed into a range of versions including a convertible launched in 1980. All have a fibreglass body mounted on a steel box-section chassis.

The SE6A displayed a number of changes, including Lockheed brakes and suspension revisions. An easy way to spot a SE6A from a SE6 is the change to orange from red reflectors on the rear extractor vents, and the three vertical grooves in the front bumper (in front of the wheel arches) were removed. 3877 SE6As were made—making it the most popular version of all the SE6 shapes.

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