Here is a photograph of our wedding reception table, but the intent of showing this photo has little to do with our wedding but a lot to do with the car just outside.
I am taking this direction because it was a very significant factor of those times (late 1960’s)!
The Reliant car (?) was either very convenient, or a bit of a joke, depending on your perspective. They were seemingly designed and marketed at the scooter and motorcycle fraternity who wanted a little more comfort, and did not want to go through another driving test!
It was a 3-wheeler, which placed it in the motorcycle/scooter category rather than the car category (no … I never understood it either!). The end result was that all sorts of people could drive one, having never taken a car driving test. My Dad decided that he did not need the aggravation of another driving test so he bought one. They were made of fiberglass, and had a modified motorcycle engine in them.
Overall, they were a relatively inexpensive “set of wheels”, and were the sort of car that you hoped your friends would never see you getting out of but, …. there it was … parked outside on our wedding day!
In retrospect, it must have been the low cost and overall design that produced such negative associations because other 3-wheelers like those produced by Morgan were revered but then … there were no visual similarities!