Reliant Regal Supervan III

Key facts

  • Year: 1971
  • Country: Great Britain
  • Capacity: 700cc
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Valves: Overhead
  • Output: 29hp @ 5,000rpm
  • Maximum speed: 70mph
  • Price new: £437 (lovely jubbly)
  • Owner: Beaulieu Enterprises Limited
  • Manufacturer: Reliant Motor Company Limited, Tamworth
Reliant Regal Supervan III 1971 On Display

Possibly the nation’s most famous three-wheel vehicle, this Reliant Regal Supervan III (often mistakenly referred to as a ‘Robin’) featured in the BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses. For a time it was the only transport for the Trotter family of Del, Rodney, Grandad and Uncle Albert until Del Boy went ‘upmarket’ and purchased a Capri Ghia. What a plonker!

105,824 Regal vans and saloon cars were produced by Reliant between 1963 and 1972. The bodywork was of all glass fibre unit construction. With a maximum loading capacity of 50 cubic feet, one example was, in 1968, driven around Mallory Park racing circuit with sixteen people crammed in the back! Cushtie!

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