Welcome to 365 Days of Motoring

An Everyday Journey Through Motoring History, Facts & Trivia

Belt up and enjoy this 365-day ride as you cruise past the most momentous motoring events in history. Packed with fascinating facts about races, motorists and the history of the mighty engine, this is a must-visit web site for any car enthusiast.

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On This Day

Wednesday 22nd October 1952

69 years ago

Reliant exhibited their first three-wheeled car, the Regal Mark I at the London Motor Show, although an earlier prototype had been shown at the Cycle and Motor Show in 1951. The Mark I however, was not manufactured until 1953 as Reliant made many modifications to the production vehicle shaving off both weight and price for it to qualify for reduced road tax. The car was powered by a 747 cc side-valve water cooled engine and had an aluminum body fixed onto an ash frame, which in turn was mounted to a steel box section chassis. Unlike the prototype, the Mark I had Perspex sidescreens and only one windscreen wiper. The Regent Mar I was manufactured until late 1954 with the only modifications being a 2 inch increase in the thickness of the cushion on the front seats to prevent bodily contact with the seat frame. Donald Healey showed a 4-cylinder 2.6 litre Austin A90 Atlantic engined two-seater sports car called the Hundred at the show. It was initially priced at £850, but was soon reduced to £750. The Triumph TR2 was also launched.

Reliant Regal (1953-1973)

Reliant Regal (1953-1973)