Reliant Regal Review from North America

1972 Reliant Regal 3/30 Reliant

Year of manufacture1972
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission Reliant Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired55000 kilometres
Most recent distance65000 kilometres
Previous carFord Model T

Summary:

Funny little car that REALLY gets the attention here in the US, but it really isn't much of a car

Faults:

Brakes needed replacing. They would lock up as they got hot. Couldn't loosen them.

Oil light came on when it got hot.

General Comments:

Bought car unseen from Quay in England and had it shipped to US. Cars condition was not as represented mechanically. Pretty well worn out.

Parts hard to get in the US.

Fun for about a week, then the novelty wore out.

A bit tough to work on since the engine is crammed in to such a small space.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st September, 2003

3rd Sep 2003, 14:23

From a Ford Model T to a Reliant Regal, gosh a wonderful duo of old cars! Would love to own a Model T myself, but don't think it'd keep up in modern, everyday traffic outside of rush hours! A good find! Is insurance expensive on such an old car?

26th Feb 2005, 07:27

I think the best car you can get is a reliant I think you shall be happy to own one.

7th Nov 2005, 14:30

Any car, regardless of wheels, is legal in the US if it is at least 25 years old (so 1980 or older in 2005). Most states allow 3-wheelers to be titled as motorcycles, but you can just as easily register as a car. Not too sure about the rules in Canada, but they do have a similar blanket exemption for cars over a certain age, I think its 15 years (so 1990 or older in 2005, as opposed to 25 in the US. So, where Reliants are concerned, any Regal can be brought into the US, registered, and driven every day (if you so desire) with no problem whatsoever. Robins (up to 1980), Kittens (up to 1980), Ants (up to 1980), Foxes (up to 1980), the classic-style Scimitars (up to 1980), and all Sabres, Rebels, Regals, Regents, Vans, and Pickups are legal here.

Average review marks: 4.5 / 10, based on 1 review