Now, my last few posts have been fairly serious, but I think we are all in need of a little comic relief. It has been a long week. I present to you: The Reliant Robin:
I usually talk about car series, like the GTI, and the DB, but today I’m just going to talk about one car. This car. Yes, It had different models, the Mark II, the BN-1, etc, but there is only so much you can do with a 3 wheeled car. If you hate me and want to read about the other few models, here’s a link to a Reliant forum.
Let’s begin with a brief history. The Reliant Robin was introduced in 1973 primarily due to the Great British fuel crisis. I know It was introduced in Britain, and well, British people are weird, but this was actually a super popular car. It was purchased by around 63,000 British people over the course of it’s lifetime. It was ugly, but affordable, and efficient.
The Reliant Robin had a 748cc OHV Light-Alloy Straight-4. Don’t let this fool you, these engines weren’t much bigger than a motorcycle engine:
This badboy right here put’s out a CRAZY 39 Horsepower! and with a top speed of 85 MPH, this is a force to be reckoned with, haha, I can’t even type it with a straight face. The Robin was not a track car, and it wasn’t really a normal car, or a good car, or even a car at all, it was more of a tricycle with a sub-frame and a roof. It’s fuel efficiency was around 80 mpg, in the 70’s, which is really impressive, considering. However, with a 0-60 of 16.1 Seconds, and 63,000 buyers in the UK, I think they should have revamped their education system, you know, to teach them about common sense.
One of my favorite things about the Reliant Robin is that they used to flip over:
This may be one of the worst cars ever made. It made it onto a couple of lists. The first being the worlds top 10 most deadliest cars and the second being the most popular fiberglass cars in history. Like I said, this may not be the most informative blog post regarding cars, but I needed a laugh, and I’m sure you did too. Moreover, the Reliant Robin didn’t really make much of an impact on the world due to it being extremely disliked since it came off of the production line, and INSANELY cheap, so we really didn’t have much to talk about. However, it did, and still does, make people laugh, so that’s what we appreciate. The Reliant Robin appears in multiple Top Gear specials and I would strongly encourage watching them, but Series 15, Ep 1 is by far the best 😉
It was a shorty, but a goody. Considering most of you probably didn’t know what a Reliant Robin was, and if you did, comment and let me know when the first time you heard about one was.