1989 Reliant Rialto
|Body style(s)||3-door hatchback, 3-door estate|
|Layout||FMR layout, with single front wheel|
|Engine(s)||0.85 L OHV I4|
The Reliant Rialto is a three-wheeled, subcompact car that was manufactured by Reliant Motor Company, replacing the original Reliant Robin in 1981. The Rialto was discontinued in 1998 while production of a new Robin model, introduced in 1989, continued. The Rialto was made in three different body types: saloon, estate and panel van. With a galvanised chassis and a fiberglass body, the Rialto was very resistant to corrosion. It was powered by Reliant's 850 cc aluminium water-cooled engine and, with the improved aerodynamics of the new body style, was a much more stable vehicle at speed. New to the Rialto was the single windscreen wiper, centrally located to clear the whole screen.
A number of examples are owned by enthusiasts and appear at car shows and similar events.
- - seen at Wollaton park event (photo below)
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- Cropley, Steve, ed. (January 1985), "Slow Family", Car Magazine (London, UK: FF Publishing): 56–61.
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