Reliant Robin on Top Gear

Reliant Robin on Top Gear

Here we go! Jeremy Clarkson takes the extreme sport of Reliant Robin rolling to the streets of Barnsley and, well, crashes a lot. After literally 20 feet, Clarkson is immobilised and completely stuck in the Reliant Robin. Thankfully he finds help from Phil Oakey and Peter Stringfellow to put him back on his three wheels.

Jeremy, always trying to keep Top Gear as factual as possible, tries to understand why the Reliant Robin was so popular in the North of England and meets with a group of keen owners. Soon he is back on his perilous journey.


More on the Reliant Robin:
The Reliant Robin introduced in November 1973 and was designed by Ogle Design.

It is powered by a water cooled four-cylinder 750cc engine that yielded 32 bhp, it came in three body styles, Saloon, Estate and Van.

The Robin had a complete glass-fibre body attached to a box steel chassis and featured a rear opening window that became a trend to be used on cars worldwide. This allowed the Robin to make full use of its interior as luggage space and with the rear seats folded down would have a loading capacity of 30 cubic feet. With the rear seats in use there was a loading capacity of 8.5 cubic feet behind them. Sitting on 10 inch wheels the Robin was the first Reliant 3-wheeler to be fitted with an anti-roll bar to give increased stability when cornering.

In 1975 the Robin received a few minor changes in its body work but the biggest change was that it was now powered by a more powerful 850cc engine which increased the power to 40 bhp and gave a top speed of 85 mph with a 0 – 60mph time of 16.1 seconds. The engine also featured a new SU type carburettor which replaced the old Zenith down draught type.

The Reliant Robin has become one of the most famous 3-wheelers in the UK and was produced in its thousands and shipped World wide until 1981.