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Reliant Cars
Reliant started out when Raleigh employee Tom Williams (and others) decided to carry on the Raleigh motorised three-wheeler van when Raleigh pulled out of this market in 1934. It is claimed that the 'Reliant' named was coined because many of the parts for the first vehicles were stamped with 'R' for Raleigh. However, Tom Williams had his own design by 1935, somewhat resembling a motorcycle with a small truck body behind the seat. A single cylinder 600cc JAP motorcycle engine powered this first Reliant, and later a twin cylinder JAP engine. But in 1937 Williams was allowed to use Austin Seven 747cc sidevalve engines, and when in 1939 Austin stopped making this engine Williams just carried on his own manufacture of this unit. The 'girder fork van' was launched in 1935 and manufacture commenced in Tamworth. By 1938 the Austin Seven engine allowed the payload to increase to 12cwt, and the driver sat beside the engine rather than astride it. By 1950 the Regent 10cwt van took over, and Reliant began to create a car version of this, originally as an open two-seater and later with hardtop. In 1952 Reliant marketed the Regent Van and the Regal three-wheeler car. Sales took off, attracting motorcyclists because British law allowed 3-wheelers to be driven on motorcycle licences and to pay only motorcycle taxes. The Regal evolved into the moncoque Regal 3/25 of 1962, and a four wheel version of it was launched in 1964 as the Reliant Rebel. Other 4-wheel cars canme about when Reliant were asked to lend their expertise with fibreglass to an Israeli car project. That ended up in 1961 as the Reliant Sabre, the ancestor of the Reliant Scimitar and GTE. Meanwhile Robin continued the 3-wheeler business aided by the 4-wheeled Kitten. Car production stopped in 2002.
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Reliant Rebel - badge above grille
aa_Reliant Regal 3-30 1973 badge
Reliant Regal 3/30 1973 - badge on front panel
aa_Reliant Robin 1976 850 Super badger
Reliant Robin 850 Super 1976 hatchback - badge on bonnet
aa_Reliant Scimitar Sabre 1800Ti 1994 badgea
Reliant Scimitar Sabre 1800Ti 1994 - badge on bonnet
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Reliant Scimitar SE4a/b - badge on bonnet
Reliant 10cwt 1949
Reliant 10cwt 1949. Featuring a 747cc sidevalve engine, and conventional side-by-side seating the Reliant was gaining maturity.
Reliant 7cwt 1935
Reliant 7cwt 1935. The first Reliant was based on a single cylinder 600cc JAP engine and took its design, and maybe some of its parts, from the Raleigh Safety Seven.
Reliant Regent 1951 front
Reliant Regent 1951. The 'Regent' was launched in 1950 with a new body and solid wheels in place of wires.
Reliant Regent 1951 rear
Reliant Regent 1951. The Regent showed how Reliant were moving away from 'motorcyles with a van body' to a fully formed 3-wheeler design. For the Regent solid wheels replaced the wires, and the body was now much more like 4-wheeled vehicles.
Reliant TW9
Reliant TW9. The 'Three-Wheeler 9' took over from an export only Regal 3-wheeler pickup that had a bare extended chassis behind a Reliant Regal cab. The TW9 had a cab by Ogle Design, and the rear was left bare for local content to be built. Launched in 1967 it was made by Reliant until 1974 when BTB Engineering took over manufacture until 1987 as the 'Ant'. Greek company Mebea made the TW9 from 1978
Reliant Regal
Reliant Rebel
Reliant Robin
Reliant Kitten and Fox
Reliant Rialto
Sabra and Reliant Sabre
Reliant Scimitar
Reliant Scimitar GTE and GTC
Reliant Scimitar SS1, SST, Scimitar Sabre
Ford RS200 front
Ford RS200. Engineered by Tony Southgate and John Wheeler, with a body designed by Filippo Sapino. The fibreglass body was given to Reliant to build. A 1.8-litre Cosworth 16-valve engine built by Brian Hart was given to the RS200. 200 cars were made for homologation in Group B Rallying, but the formula was cancelled after some tragic accidents and most were converted to road cars or for Rallycross.
key text:  This is the page introducing Simons love of cars from the website  RedSimon which is a series of photo albums of Simon GP Geoghegan.
The names of Pinin, Farina, and Pininfarina are also considered
There are also notes on Pininfarina
as well as the car maker
and links tothat car maker
see also my Picasa car albums
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Simon is also a contributor to SuperCars.Net
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