Variations:

Reliant 7 CWT JAP 600cc Single

Reliant 8CWT JAP 750cc Twin

Reliant 12CWT JAP 750cc Twin

Reliant 8CWT Austin 750cc Side Valve

Reliant 10CWT Austin 750cc Side Valve

Reliant 12CWT Austin 750cc Side Valve

Reliant 8CWT Reliant 750cc Side Valve

Reliant 10CWT Reliant 750cc Side Valve

Reliant 12CWT Reliant 750cc Side Valve

Body Types:

 

Van

Pickup

 

Special Editions:

 

None Known

 

Data:

 

Starting life in 1935 the first Reliant’s were fitted with a 600cc 15hp J.A.P single cylinder engine and the driver sat astride the engine. This was soon replaced in 1936 by the J.A.P 750cc V twin engine so now a passenger could be carried as the van gave a more car like experience whilst driving, the vans size was also increased to 8CWT for motorbike class and 12CWT. Wanting more power in 1938 the Austin 750cc side valve engine was sourced and fitted to all vans and this saw a new size van to now be made the 10CWT. Just before the second world war Austin announced that they were no longer going to produce the engine Reliant used, so a deal was done and Reliant could then produce their own version of the engine and Reliant’s first in house made engine was born.

 

Reliant

1935 7ctw
1936 8ctw
1949 8ctw

1935 Reliant 7CTW van

Photograph Courtesy of Elvis Payne

Photograph Courtesy of Elvis Payne

1936 Reliant 7CTW van

Photograph Courtesy of Geoffrey  Payne

1949 Reliant 8CTW van

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1935 Reliant

Sep 2020