1972-2002 RELIANT ROBIN
Uniquely British quirky carriage with much to recommend it. Honestly
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.
reliant only started to produce galvanised chassis in 1982, so earlier cars are rot-prone.
watch for blown cylinder head gaskets and slipping clutches.