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The Reliant TW9 / Ant  (1967 - 1986)

Along with the Reliant Regal, Reliant also developed another 3-wheeler for export to Greece and other Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries. For a number of years Reliant had been exporting a Regal type pickup which was essentially just a Regal van cab on an elongated chassis with the rear of the chassis being left bare so that it could be built up overseas. Initially the vehicles were shipped as 7cwt pickups until it was realised that they could easily carry 10cwt and so the carrying capacity was increased. The success of this was such that in 1967 a new pickup type vehicle arrived in the shape of the Reliant TW9 with a cab that was designed by Ogle.

The TW9 was initially designed for overseas use but due to its versatility also found an English market. The vehicle had a one piece fiberglass cab and a range of bodies ranging from a tip up van to a snow plough. It was powered by a 700 cc alloy engine and whilst the overseas vehicles had a carrying capacity of 10cwt, British models were sold with a 16cwt weight capacity. In 1978 the TW9 The Ant continued to be made until 1986 and was also produced under license by the Mebea Company in Greece and from 1978, BTB Engineering in the UK under the name of the Ant.

Reliant Regal 10cwt pickup

Reliant Regal 10cwt pickup

1976 Reliant TW9

1976 Reliant TW9

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