Will you rescue this 1976 Reliant Super Robin project?
Boasting a tenuous link to the Star Wars franchise, this 1976 Reliant Super Robin 850 is in dire need of a new home
Launched in 1973, it didn’t take long before the Reliant Robin entered popular culture. Just as the preceding Regal had captured hearts as the butt of gags in BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses, the Robin now enjoys a vibrant fan base. Prices aren't set to skyrocket anytime soon, but numbers are depleting – making this project a seldom found opportunity to source an all-original example.
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As with the Reliant Scimitar, the Robin boasted crisp lines courtesy of Ogle Design – the stylists behind Luke Skywalker’s XP-34 Landspeeder – and could crack 81mph courtesy of an upgunned 850cc engine. Attempting the national speed limit may have taken 17 seconds, but this yawn-inducing turn of speed didn’t deter buyers from taking the plunge – for the Robin could be driven on a motorcycle license in the UK.
Yet, with time’s onward march, the Robin has been subjected to apathy and ignorance – mannerisms that have largely masked the three-wheeler’s merits and stalled market values. However, this means you can pick up a project for next to nothing and revel in a slice of unique motoring heritage. Projects such as this 1976 Super Robin 850.
Presented in oh-so-'70s Orange, this project Robin currently has less than 48 hours to find a new home, presently sitting with no bids and a reserve price of £400. The car is complete and ‘seems sound’, with only light damage to both door tops and the passenger side front wing.
The interior trim appears to be present and correct, although the materials will require a thorough clean. Judging by the eBay listing’s picture evidence, the seating sports various types of moss while footwell carpet has perished with water ingress – despite claims that the vehicle has been in dry storage for two decades.
These are aspects that won’t take much to sort, however. It’s the same story under the bonnet, with the Reliant’s wonderfully DIY-friendly engine proving an easy powerplant for restoration.
There is no doubt that you’ll forever be justifying yourself to automotive snobs with this purchase. But spend a few weekends getting the Reliant up to scratch and you’ll have a frugal, cheeky, charismatic little machine with enough infamy to turn more heads than any Ferrari of the period.
Tempted? Get a closer look at the 1976 Super Robin 850 here.