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Articles By Mike Rooth

Reliant Robin

Sorry,folks,I'd temporarily forgotten that the Reliant Robin was a solely English excursion into the utterly naff.
To add to Dixon's remarks,its a three wheeler,two at the back,one at the front,front wheel drive(I think).
The bodyshell is glassfibre,and the engine is about 750cc. Its reason for being is that in the UK you can drive a three wheeler on a motor cycle licence,but you cant drive a car.Not a proper car that is.Its a sort of modern equivalent to the motor bike/sidecar setup,but with a heater.

Due to the extremely light body the little buggers can go remarkably fast.One bloke over here souped one up and was clocked by the constabulary at well over the ton.In fact, he went so fast that the pursuing patrol car gave up chasing him,and radioed ahead for a roadblock.They reckoned it was for safety reasons on the Robins part,*I* reckon they just didnt want to admit that they couldnt catch him with their big boy's toy.The magistrate let him off with a fine.He thought it was so funny that the bloke deserved leniency.So did the cops. Not to be confused with the original Morgan three wheeler. This had two at the front one at the back(late twenties,early thirties)chain drive to the wheel,and a vee twin motor bike engine mounted externally at the front.Engines varied from 650cc to 1100cc.It had a vee winshield and/or aero screens. Looking at one approaching(as I once did) with the driver wearing a leather WW2 flying jacket and leather helmet and flying goggles,you think that all that is missing is a pair of Spandau machine guns side by side on the stubby little bonnet,and you have the Red Barons automobile.

Neither of them are much good off road,though,although I beleive an AA man had to rescue one from the middle of a moor somewhere,using his D90.A Robin that is.The Morgans are *far* too valuable now to risk that sort of silly trick.


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