It may be a Del Boy classic but no matter how you look at it, few cars deserve their place in the Ugly Cars Hall of Fame more than the Reliant Robin.
The Plastic Pig was born in 1973, sporting a unique fiberglass body shell and bizarre three-wheeled base. There was in fact a reason for the lack of a fourth wheel – it made the Reliant exempt from road tax. But was it really worth taking your life in your hands simply to save a few quid?
Despite a four-speed gearbox the Reliant Robin is incapable of taking a corner in anything other than first – and even on a straight road, make any sudden movements and you’re off your wheels and looking at a fat paint repair job for the side panels and roof. Bizarrely a 2011 survey found that Reliant Robin owners were statistically Britain’s safest drivers, but then seriously? They’d have to be.
So does it make up in looks for what it lacks in performance? Not likely. This is quite simply one of the ugliest cars ever made. It looks like something my nieces would make out of cereal boxes and loo rolls. Actually, scratch that, theirs look better.
Despite Del Boy’s best efforts, I’m not sold. The Reliant Robin takes its place in the Ugliest Cars Hall of Fame at number 5.