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Reliant: Regal

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1953. Reliant Regal 1. Exhibit at the National Motor Museum.
November 1956.
1957. Reliant Regal Coupe. Reg No: 620 AKP.
Reliant Regal.jpg
1962. Regal 3/25. Exhibit at Grampian Transport Museum.

Note: This is a sub-section of Reliant.

  • Regal MK1-V1 1952-62
  • Regal 3/25,3/30 1962-73

The Reliant Regal was a small three-wheeled car manufactured by the Reliant Motor Company in Tamworth, England. Being a three-wheeler, and lightweight, the vehicle could be driven on a motorcycle licence in the United Kingdom.

There were many forms of Reliant Regal from the Mk 1 in 1953 followed by the Mk II, Mk III, Mk IV, Mk V, Mk VI and the Regal 21/E, 3/25 and 3/30.

Sales levels were never 'world class'. The Regal 3/25 version was introduced in October 1962: on 25 April 1968, a year before BMC celebrated their 2,000,000th Mini, Reliant sales director, T. H. Scott, personally drove the 50,000th Regal 3/25 off the assembly line at Reliant's Tamworth plant.

A few months later, in August 1968, it was reported that the 701 cc engine which had been introduced in the Reliant: Rebel the previous autumn had found its way into the Regal. In the three wheeler application the compression ratio was lowered to 7.5:1 which will have reduced the power output - in this application to a claimed 29.5 bhp. Nevertheless, this still represented a useful increase over the 26 bhp claimed for the 600 cc Regal which this version replaced.

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