Debunking the most common old wives’ tales
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.