The Reliant Robin, Regal and Rialto three-wheeler cars have a certain air of eccentricity, a peculiarly British charm that is inextricably linked with ‘characters’ like Mr Bean, or Del Boy in the TV series Only Fools and Horses. Reliant was keen to dissociate three-wheelers from this rather whimsical image and wanted to promote them instead as sporty, fun cars for the young. With this in mind, the company commissioned Tom Karen of Ogle Design to work on a prototype. Continue reading “Reliant Bond Bug – 1970”
It all began in 1935 when bicycle company Raleigh decided to discontinue its three-wheeler delivery van. The van’s designer was T L Williams, who founded Reliant to take over production. This led to a series of three-wheelers culminating in Reliant Robin economy cars and the extraordinary Bond Bug.