Could someone please tell me about these three wheeled cars that exist in Britain?
#53478. Asked by Buck540. (Dec 26 04 5:09 PM)
[Dec 26 04 5:16 PM] Flynn_17 writes:
They don't make them anymore, you see. Very much a sixties and seventies thing, but they are loved by few, and laughed at by many, in this country. I think DelBoy Trotter had a yellow one in 'Only Fools and Horses'.
This incredibly sad individual has decided to catalogue every R.R ever made. The 1973 version shown is the one you still see most, and the 1981 version is still knocking around.
These are your classic 3 wheel affairs. The other site shows all cars made by Robin and Scimitar, but the one above shows the regular 3-wheel-not-so-Reliants.
[Dec 26 04 5:18 PM] Flynn_17 writes:
The only advantage I could think of was that it was one less tyre to worry about puncturing.
Real Babe magnets, Buck! Here are some for you to cast your eyes over. If you've ever seen a british programme called "Only Fools and Horses" then you'll have seen one. But I don't suppose the programme travels well...|
Rather like the cars...
[Dec 26 04 5:22 PM] MaggieG 5 writes:
Hedgehogs dread them.
[Dec 26 04 5:26 PM] MaggieG 5 writes:
Their mums teach them when they're crossing the road, that if a car comes at them, they must lok at the headlights and make sure they're situated in the middle of them so the wheels will pass over them safely. The every now and again, along comes one of these little three wheeled monsters and...
It's just too horrible to think about... :((
[Dec 26 04 5:27 PM] MaggieG 5 writes:
Oh - another one of the advantages is that I think you only pay the same road tax for them as you do for motorbikes.
Not much consolation for the hedgehogs, though.
No, Flynn - Reliant Robins. The successor to the Reliant Regal. The three wheelers with one at the front two at the back are not for fast driving or cornering as they are rather unstable (Reliants and Bonds mainly). The two at front one at back (mainly Morgans) are incredibly stable and almost impossible to overturn. They may spin, but they stay upright. Incidentally, if you know someone with a later Regal or Robin, don't give them one of those magnetic things for putting bolts in when working on the car. The bodies are fibreglass, and the engines are aluminium.....|
[Dec 26 04 6:26 PM] Baloo55th writes:
In order to qualify for the lower rate or road tax, they had to weigh less than 8cwt and originally had to have no reverse gear (as motorcycles with sidecars didn't and that was what the lower rate was for). Bonds got round this very ingeniously. They had two-stroke engines which could be stopped and then restarted running the other way - which gave you all gears in either direction! They were about a gokart and a half in size, so this could be quite frightening, I would think. Reliants had reverse blanked off, so people just unblanked it. With the Bonds, if you couldn't be bothered to restart the engine, you could pick up one end and walk them round. Some bubble cars counted as three wheelers even though they had four. Deoended how far apart the rear wheels were. They made two versions of some, the 'four wheel' version being the more sporty. Sporty being a comparative term in these circumstances....
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