MYTH BUSTER

De­bunk­ing the most com­mon old wives’ tales

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

1 IT’S THE AU­TO­MO­TIVE COMEDIAN IN TV’S ONLYFOOLSANDHORSES

Here is one of the most fre­quently re­peated wrongs about any clas­sic ve­hi­cle. The Trotter fam­ily did not un­der­take their dodgy deal­ings with a Robin van but a Re­liant Su­per­van. The Su­per­van, de­rived from the Re­gal car, never car­ried the Re­gal name – so even call­ing it a Re­gal van is in­cor­rect.

2 ‘ROBIN RE­LIANT, ISN’T IT…?’

The Bri­tish pub­lic has some­how got into the habit of call­ing Bri­tain’s most iconic three-wheeler a ‘Robin Re­liant’, in the way peo­ple say ‘Model T Ford’ or ‘E-type Jaguar’; yet you never say ‘Viva Vaux­hall or ‘Elan Lo­tus’, do you?

3 ONE OF THE WORST CARS EVER MADE

This can’t be the case be­cause it’s legally not a car at all. It’s a ‘mo­torised tri­cy­cle’, so you don’t need to pass a car driv­ing test to drive one – it can be driven on a full bike li­cence. But is the Robin, in­tro­duced in 1973, re­ally

that bad? It was al­ways sold on its abil­ity to achieve 60mpg rather than 60mph. While it’s un­happy on blus­tery mo­tor­ways it’s fine on lo­cal roads, as long as there aren’t too many pot­holes in the mid­dle of the car­riage­way.

RE­LIANT ROBIN

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