Three Wheels Better: 1989 Reliant Rialto SE

The Reliant Robin was the original 3-wheel menace built by the Reliant Motor Company from 1973 through 1981, but the story of these tricycle style machines didn’t end with the Robin. No, the Rialto was the replacement to the Robin and was produced starting in 1982 and (remarkably) continued through 1998. Unfortunately, the Rialto used most of the mechanical parts from the Robin, but sported a snazzy boxy shaped aerodynamic body. Find this 1989 Reliant Rialto SE offered for $11,500 in Tualatin, OR via craigslist. Tip from Luke G.

From the seller:

1989 reliant Rialto
condition: good
cylinders: 4 cylinders
drive: rwd
fuel: gas
odometer: 89000
title status: clean
transmission: manual
The time has come to sell my 1989 Reliant rialto SE, I’ve owned this car for about a year and a half and loved every second of it. She starts, runs and drives great (little bit cold blooded). Clean Washington car title in hand, along with the import paper work. 89k on the odometer. It’s registered as a car, not a motorcycle.

I purchased the car from the older gentleman who imported it about a year and half ago, he owned it in the states for about 7 years along with a couple other reliants, and over that 7 years he collected a crazy amount of parts, manuals and memorabilia which are now all mine and are included in the sale.
I haven’t done much to the car under my ownership besides fix small things, kept it clean and running reliably and just take it to a few car shows here and there. It’s always stored indoors.
Everything works except for the heater blower fan. There is some damage on the roof right above the windshield, some minor scuffs on the body, and the dashboard has some cracks around the cluster (I have a replacement dash).

I figure if you’re looking at this car you probably already know what it is, which means you know how rare it is to see one for sale in the United States. I never planned on selling this car but unfortunately life has changed and she needs to go. I’m not really sure what it’s worth, because it’s one of the only ones to ever sell in the United States but I know a decent example fetches about 7-8k on the UK and then you’ve still gotta ship it in. Feel free to call or text me with any questions, I can go a little more in depth about the parts included. Asking 11,500 obo