Horrendous car = not necessarily bad design

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Our favourite news piece today is about the design and manufacturing history behind the Reliant Robin, a three-wheeled vehicle, weighing 400kg that could seat four, and be driven with a motorcycle license.

It was horrific to look at and drive, but it gained a cult following, and has more lovers than the majority of bland small cars today.

As the piece interviewing the Reliant Robin’s designer Tom Karen*, and engineer Dave Peek in today’s Guardian explains, this was THE innovative small car of the 1970s.

It truly is a horribly brilliant design.

*Tom Karen also designed the Reliant Scimitar – a beautiful car that pioneered the hatch-back rear.


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