on a Reliant chassis, the Tempest, was originally designed
by John Box and Ian Foster, in the early eighties.
It was originally conceived
as a, lightweight classic style roadster using new components
based on a Reliant fox (link to fox page).
The basis of the car was a
100% new galvanised steel chassis fitted with the Reliant 848cc
o.h.v. Engine, four-speed gearbox, double wishbone front suspension,
semi elliptical leaf spring and live axle rear suspension. Reliant
also supplied every other mechanical item plus instruments and
The original cars were supplied
85% finished with every component included to finish the car.
Some 24 cars were built in this fashion, and then Reliant
went into receivership and the supply of components dried up.
A few Kitten conversions were
sold, but other interests saw the Tempest cease production
A popular use of the Tempest was in 750 motor club
trials events where they were very successful
Despite being out of production for almost
10 years, examples are still regularly competing -
and winning in trails hill climbing events. An active owners club
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