Reliant Robin (1973 – 1982) Review

Reliant Robin (1973 – 1982) At A Glance


+Lively performance and incredible fuel consumption

-It has three wheels...

In 1973 the Reliant Robin replaced the long-lived Regal - and just like its older counterpart, it soon entered popular culture in a big way. Just like the Scimitar, the Robin was smart to look at and styled by Ogle. Aside from the improved visuals, the new car received an upgunned 850cc engine and new twin-rail chassis.

Despite the massive popularity of the emergent supermini during the 1970s, the Robin sold well on account of being able to be driven on a motorcycle licence in the UK, and being a trike, it was subject to lower levels of road tax. And these were possibly its only redeeming feature for  keen motorists. The ex-bikers who bought the Robin were treated to excellent fuel consumption and nippy acceleration – but it's a marginal car, and the butt of many jokes.

Ask Honest John

Where is the reverse gear in my Reliant Robin?

"Where is the reverse gear in my Reliant Robin?"
Every 1973-on Reliant Robin was fitted with reverse gear. Up until 1963, only people with a full car licence could have a reverse gear on a three-wheeler so motorcycle licence holders with no car licence had to have the reverse gear blanked off, which affected some Regals (the Robin's predecessor). Early Robins had reverse off to the left and down (lifting up the gear knob as you do it). Later cars were to the right and down (again lifting the gear knob).
Answered by Keith Moody
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