Southern Manufacturing

Last Reliant Three-Wheeler

16 February 2001

After 65 years of production, the last Reliant three-wheeler left the Reliant Cars assembly line at the company's Burntwood, Staffordshire factory, on Wednesday. The final car, which has been purchased by the Sun newspaper for a competition prize, will be finished in a special gold metallic paint and its specification will include two-tone leather upholstery, walnut-finish dashboard with white-faced instruments, alloy wheels, RDS stereo system, driving lights, a stainless steel exhaust system and numerous other "extras." Although the exact number of Reliant three-wheelers is unknown, it is estimated that since 1935 around 300,000 of the cars have been made. Noel Palmer, spokesman for Reliant Cars says, "Over 44,000 of those cars are still on the road today." The small cars, which can be driven on a motorcycle license, have a large following of enthusiasts that love the car's character. These very maneuverable cars with rust-proof fibreglass bodies, and simple, durable and reliable overhead valve four-cylinder engines, will be greatly missed.

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