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Reliant is an auto manufacturer based in Tamworth, England which is notable for building Glass Fibre three wheeled cars, such as the Reliant Robin[?], Reliant Regal[?], Reliant Rialto[?] and parts supplier for the 1970s Bond Bug[?]

Reliant also built a four wheeled version of the Reliant Robin called the Reliant Kitten the forerunner to this was the Reliant Rebel[?] and during the 1980s a utility / pickup vehicle called the Reliant Fox. They also made a small 3 wheeled commercial vehicle called the Reliant Ant[?] which was basically a Chassis / Cab onto which a custom rear body was fitted and used by many public utility companies.

Most of these quirky and distinctly British small cars used an engine derived from the 700cc 1930s Austin Seven[?] which was replicated in aluminium and gradually increased in size through 750cc and finally the current 850cc variant. This engine is also used as the required (preferred?) replacement for the Austin Seven[?] engine by the 750 motor Club in their Formula 750 motor sport.

There is a 'Preservation Society' for all the four wheeled cars called the Reliant Kitten Register which also caters for many homebuilt and limited production 'specials' based upon the 4 wheeler components

Reliant have also produced sports cars namely the Reliant Scimitar and Reliant SS1

Reliants' expertise in the area of Glass Fibre have also seen them produce lightweight body shells for Ford RS200 Rally cars and new Glas Fibre Bodied London Taxis, the MetroCab

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Reliant is also an electricity corporation, formally known as Houston Power & Light.



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