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
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