The Reliant Regal Supervan III. That’s what you ask for if you were to go to a car auction and want to purchase a van that Del boy would be proud of.
Reliant Regals have had a great restoration in recent years due to its popularity from our favorite sitcom. But why was the Reliant Regal Supervan III chosen in the first place?
The Van was a small three-wheeled car manufactured by the Reliant Motor Company in Tamworth, England. Being a three-wheeler, and lightweight, the vehicle could be driven on a motorcycle licence in the United Kingdom. It in some ways is fitting for Del for those reasons alone.
The iconic van belonging to Del Boy also is fitting due to..
- it has a wheel missing
- it is a cheap runaround
- it is an eccentric choice
- it is a van for hooky gear
- it doesnt require a full driving licence
Reliant Regals and Robins enjoy something of a special place in British culture as symbols of British eccentricity. The Trotters van is frequently, and incorrectly, referred to as a Robin, but is actually a Regal Supervan.
Its worthy of note that the filming of Only Fools and Horses required several vans as is seen by the variation in registration plates over each series.
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