3 wheel cars had the double attraction of cheap road tax and driving on a motorcycle licence, and Reliant was formed in 1935 to make delivery vehicles. In 1952 they built a car on one of their delivery chassis and the 4 seater Reliant Regal was born, and in 1972 was replaced by the Robin.
In 1961 Reliant introduced the Ford Consul engined Sabre, available also in kit form to avoid purchase tax. For 1962 a Sabre Six had the Ford Zephyr / Zodiac engine. Then came the Scimitar SE4 range, which had been designed by David Ogle for Daimler, but with the Scimitar 2+2 same Zodiac engine but then Ford V6 powered as Ford stopped building the straight 6 and went to the V6. In 1968 a new "SE5" Reliant Scimitar GTE was shown at the London Motor Show and was a smash, a true sporting 2 door estate concept that got cribbed by Volvo and Lancia. That Princess Anne had one and was prosecuted for speeding was a bonus in publicity they could only have dreamed of! At the same time the Robin got 4 wheels and called a Kitten, now with a 848cc Mini engine. There was also an Estate car version.