A Nostalgia Road Publication by Crecy Publishing., sets out to record the history of some of our Classic Marques in the history of motoring. Already in the series are UK built Citroen cars, and the Hillman car company, and with the help of Stuart Cyphus and Elvis Payne there is now the history of the Reliant three-wheelers. This A5 size softback book, with 64 pages and 88 photos is a joy to read.
The book started out as a complete history of the Reliant company and became so big that it was decided to split it into several sections, the first of which relates to to the early three-wheelers, which is of greater interest to all microcar enthusiast that the later history.
As you would expect from two enthusiast of the Reliant three-wheeler, it is full of historical information backed up with plenty of relevant photographs of the vehicles as they developed from the Raleigh LDV to the Bond Bug. There is just enough technical information to ensure accuracy, but not too much to prevent it being a very readable history. Many of the photographs have not been published before and this makes it a must for all Reliant owners.
Having read this tome it does pose the question “will this also be the beginning of a history of other Microcar manufacturers such as Elva /Trojan, Meadows / Frisky, Peel, Nobel, Scootacar, and Opperman?”, I hope so. But first we must wait for the rest of the Reliant history in part 2.