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Reliant Rialto
1989 Reliant Rialto
Manufacturer Reliant
Production 1981—1998
Predecessor Reliant Robin
Class Three-wheeled car
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.[citation needed] With a galvanised chassis and a fiberglass body, the Rialto was very resistant to corrosion.[1] It was powered by Reliant's 850 cc aluminium water-cooled engine[1] 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.[citation needed]

Reliant Rialto Saloon post facelift

Reliant Rialto Estate post facelift


A number of examples are owned by enthusiasts and appear at car shows and similar events.

  • F163 FAO+ - seen at Wollaton park event (photo below)


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See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Cropley, Steve, ed. (January 1985), "Slow Family", Car Magazine (London, UK: FF Publishing): 56–61. 

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