Reliant Regal Supervan

One of a kind

The AA's one and only Relaint Regal Van on trial in 1965 The AA only ever used one Reliant Regal van – as a test of suitablity for breakdown patrol use in April 1965. In the event the Regal was not adopted for operational use however, since the test vehicle was out on operational duty, it was fully liveried. The van carried all the normal patrol equipment and a two-way radio.

The Reliant Regal was manufactured by the Reliant Motor Company in Tamworth, Staffordshire.

Being a three-wheeler and lightweight, the vehicle could be driven on a motorcycle licence in the UK.

The Regal is frequently and incorrectly referred to as a 'Robin' after Reliant's more famous three-wheeler.

The Regal Supervan has a body of re-enforced glass fibre, bolted to a steel chassis, and is powered by a light alloy engine of Reliant's own design. Early engines had a capacity of 600cc but this was later enlarged to 750cc.

This particular van was spotted for sale in Southend-on-Sea. It was purchased by the AA and restored as a replica of the original AA van.

The restoration was completed over three days during the September 2008 Autojumble at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu, New Forest.

The team of AA breakdown patrols working on the project was headed up by Andy McMorran, Paul Bowman and Tony Knott. Basingstoke-based body repair specialists, Coventry and Clark, kindly completed the paint work during the weekend.

Rear view of the Reliant Regal Supervan restored during the Beaulieu Autojumble in 2008Front view of the Reliant Regal Supervan restored during the Beaulieu Autojumble in 2008

the restored van is currently on display at the museum in Beaulieu, and will then be moved to the Dover Transport museum in 2009.

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6 October 2008