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Old 23rd January 2009, 07:41   #1
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Default The WORST Cars ever sold in Britain - Giles Chapman's book

Found an old book in a second hand book shop the other day - all about cars which were adjudged failures in Britain.

A few of the most interesting ones I have placed below for the interest of TBHP colleagues.

1. Austin Gipsy - 1958-1968 vintage: Looks like an old Series 1 Landrover. Had interesting things like a "Trailing Arm Rubber Suspension" (which failed). Steel body and chassis meant it was prone to rust, compared with the Aluminium built Landrovers.

2. Matra Rancho - 1977-1984 Vintage: It is a simple SIMCA but looks amazingly like a Land Rover Discovery complete with Expedition Style lamps and so on. This car pre-dated the era of "affordable soft roaders, being a 2WD.

3. Dutton Sierra - 1979-1995 vintage: A Brit Kit Car with a simple Ford Engine, Leisure/ Soft Road segment, high riding and with lots of passenger space and of course MUCH CHEAPER than the real SUV type vehicles like Range Rover etc. Look at the design sketch pic closely and one can possibly guess where the original TATA SIERRA inspiration probably came from- right down to the name Sierra itself!

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Good reading.
I am most surprised about the Sierra though. And they even sold it till 1995.
Would be great if we manage to get more details on the specs of these cars.
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From Rover CityRover - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The CityRover made the media again when Rover refused to lend one to Top Gear to test. In order to answer the question of "just how bad could it be?" James May went undercover and test drove one at a dealer while carrying a hidden camera. He subsequently declared it to be the worst car he had ever driven on the show.

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Weren't Yugos sold in GB?
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My vote for the worst car in GB goes to rather bizzarly named 'Reliant Robin' and I am sure real Mr. Bean would second my vote. I certainly would not rely on that car.

I mean c'mon, how can you even call it a car when It is riding on only 3 wheels, did the company run out of their car wheels stock???


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Indeed they were!

Although I don't remember anything else about them.

We had lada, too. A second-hand lada was something almost anybody could afford. Have to say I rather liked the sit-upright front seat.

Pre-VW, Skoda was the butt of jokes:

How do you double the value of a Skoda?

Fill the petrol tank!
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hi

i will copy some of these details out of the book and post for you to see

there are some other disasters like our friend has picturized - the reliant robin and a whole lot of other monsters.

its a good book and nice trivia to file away in one's mind if one is interested in cars

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Good reading.
I am most surprised about the Sierra though. And they even sold it till 1995.
Would be great if we manage to get more details on the specs of these cars.
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the robin was sold by sipani as the badal in india
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I thought the Tata Sierra was inspired by the Ford Bronco II. Its no secret that the Tata Estate was based on a similar model from Mercedes Benz.

Badal taxis (autos?) used to be common at Bangalore City RS.

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The Reliant Robin was a wonderful thing that enabled people to get on the road on more than two wheels at reasonable cost. If I remember rightly, it could be driven, in UK, on a bike licence.
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