Who are Reliant?
For many of us, the name ‘Reliant’ is synonymous with the three-wheeled Reliant Robin. But this Midlands-based manufacturer had more strings to its bow – they also produced the compact Fox, the distinctly bug-eyed Regal and the achingly cool Scimitar sports car of the 1960s and 70s.
Born in the inter-war days of the early 20th century, the Reliant Motor Company was based in Tamworth, Staffordshire. As well as churning out plenty of three-wheeled runabouts, the firm produced the Metrocab taxi, plus export models for Israel and Turkey. It also imported some interesting vehicles from overseas, such as the Piaggio Ape, a relative of the Vespa scooter.
These days, Reliants belong to the record books of the classic car since, sadly, production came to a halt in 2001. They were some of the nation’s best-loved everyday vehicles, and you can find some well-cared-for examples around if you know where to look.