Is this Eddie’s smallest vehicle?
Of course not, it’s a 1971 Reliant Regal Supervan, decked out in the colours of Britain’s most popular haulier.
Seen at the Cromford Steam Rally.
The Reliant Regal was a small three-wheeled car manufactured from 1953 until 1973 by the Reliant Motor Company in Tamworth, England. As it was a three-wheeler, and it was fairly lightweight, the vehicle could be driven on a motorcycle licence in the United Kingdom. This image is of the light-commercial version, which had a side-hinged rear door and was marketed as the Reliant Supervan.
Reliant Regals and Robins enjoy something of a special place in British culture as symbols of British eccentricity. An example of a Reliant is the iconic van belonging to Del Boy and Rodney Trotter in the long-running BBC sitcom ‘Only Fools and Horses’. The van is frequently, and incorrectly, referred to as a Robin, but is actually a Regal Supervan, like this one. The Trotters’ original van is now on display in the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.
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