Cars that are three-wheeled rubbish

Last updated 07:10 26/11/2012
Three-wheeled cars (from the top), the BMW Isetta, Berkeley Sports, Bond Minicar, Bond Bug 700ES and the Reliant Regal Supervan.
RUBBISH: Three-wheeled cars (from the top), the BMW Isetta, Berkeley Sports, Bond Minicar, Bond Bug 700ES and the Reliant Regal Supervan.

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In the mid-20th century three-wheelers in Britain could be driven with a motorcycle licence and a number of makers got in on the act.

Here are five that made a mark. They're all still rubbish, however.

BMW ISETTA

British? Well they did build examples of this German-Italian bubble car in the UK. Some had two wheels in the rear, while others were genuine three- wheelers. Well preserved examples from the mid-50s are in demand.

BERKELEY SPORTS

Another car made with one or two rear wheels, the Berkeley used motorcycle- derived two and four stroke engines from 322cc to 692cc and front-wheel- drive, with the Royal Enfield twin- cylinder models proving quite quick.

BOND MINICAR

The Bond was advertised with plainly exaggerated illustrations to make it look like it could take the whole family. It couldn't, and a tiny engine meant it could barely get out of its own way. Come the Mini in 1959, it died. Deservedly.

BOND BUG 700ES

Using a Reliant engine, the Bug was Bond's 1970 attempt to make three- wheelers sexy. The two-seater wedge was product-placed everywhere, but only 2200 were sold in four years. Now in demand as a motor-show curiosity.

RELIANT REGAL SUPERVAN

For reasons unknown, many think that Del-boy and Rodney drove a Reliant Robin, but they actually used the even uglier Regal Supervan, which was far more practical for traders and importers of the Trotters' stature.

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