Reliant Robin named worst British car

The Reliant Robin has been voted the worst British car of all time, in a survey conducted by the Discovery Channel's 'Wheeler Dealers' program.

2,000 British motorists were asked what they thought were the best and worst cars Britain had produced, and the infamous three-wheeler, which gained widespread notoriety as Rowan Atkinson's nemesis in 'Mr Bean', took the top spot.

It's not hard to see why. With a woeful 0.7-litre engine – later uprated to a heady 0.8 litres – terrible stability and a fibreglass body, it is hardly an automotive masterpiece.

That said, the Robin gained quite a following in the 70s, as not only was it cheap but its three-wheeled status meant it didn't attract the same tax penalties as regular cars.

It was closely followed in the poll by the Austin Maestro and Austin Metro, which took second and third place respectively, as the worst cars we've ever manufactured.

At the other end of the scale the iconic Mini was named the greatest British car ever, winning nearly 20 per cent of the vote.

The svelte Aston Martin DB7 came in a close second, with 18 per cent giving it the nod.

The car motorists would most like to see put back into production today was the gorgeous Jaguar E-Type, which was named the third greatest car Britain ever produced. This is not surprising, given the global appeal the E-Type has had since its launch in 1961. Even Enzo Ferrari – a man who knew a thing about good-looking machines – called it "the most beautiful car ever made".

Wheeler Dealers is on at 9pm every Tuesday on the Discovery Channel.

Article edited - Del Boy in fact drove a Reliant Regal van, not a Robin!