V8 RE­LIANT IS UK’S MOST CLAPPED-OUT

‘Truly ter­ri­fy­ing’ mid-en­gined mon­ster Robin beats Lada, Hill­man and MG to bag tongue-in-cheek award

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

A1976 Re­liant Robin pow­ered by a mod­i­fied 3.5-litre V8 en­gine has been named the UK’s most clapped-out clunker.

The hon­our has been awarded by Go­Com­pare, in cel­e­bra­tion of the UK’s weird and wacky cars, bag­ging owner, Andy Skin­ner, a cool £500 in prize money. He says: ‘I guess it’s a bit of an hon­our! The car it­self is truly ter­ri­fy­ing. I’m not nor­mally both­ered about big en­gines or loud cars, but when you fi­nally twist and con­tort your body through the roll cage and into the tight bucket seat, you sit back and re­alise that you are in a ter­ri­fy­ing V8 beast of a plas­tic pig.

‘The car has all of its orig­i­nal chas­sis, front sus­pen­sion, steer­ing, body­work and fuel tank, but grafted into the mid­dle of it is a lightly tuned Rover 3.5-litre V8 go­ing to a Fiat rear axle.

‘The body is rough, the ex­haust blows, most of the switches are out of reach when you’re fully strapped in, it’s been hand painted and it spends more time on the back of re­cov­ery trucks than it does on the road – but I love its lu­nacy.’

That V8 en­gine means that it can hit 60mph from rest in 4.5 sec­onds and Andy says that it can easily pull wheel­ies.

Run­ners up in the com­pe­ti­tion in­cluded cars as di­verse as a 1990 Lada Riva, a 1972 Hill­man Hunter, and a 1957 MG Mag­nette. ❚ go­com­pare.com

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