1972-2002 RE­LIANT ROBIN

Uniquely Bri­tish quirky car­riage with much to rec­om­mend it. Hon­estly

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Leg­is­la­tion changes mean that you cna no longer drive one of these cars on a mo­tor­cy­cle li­cence. So why drive one at all?

Quite apart from its rust-free body­work, your friendly Robin could hit 85mph – if you were bonkers enough to try – and its 848cc, (orig­i­nally 748cc) en­gine was ca­pa­ble of 70mpg.

The orig­i­nal Robin was dropped in 1981 in favour of the up­rated Rialto, but re­turned as an up­rated vari­ant in 1989. Quirky and dis­tinc­tively Bri­tish, they are great to drive and the han­dling is nowhere as bad as you may think if you watch sharp turns. It’s sad that so few have sur­vived.

BUY­ING TIPS

re­liant only started to pro­duce gal­vanised chas­sis in 1982, so ear­lier cars are rot-prone.

watch for blown cylin­der head gas­kets and slip­ping clutches.

1546 lEFT

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