Caribbean (Reef engineering)
John Crosthwaite, who previously worked for Reliant , founded the company in 1976 in Lichfield , County of Staffordshire . He started with the production of automobiles. From 1981 also kits originated . The brand name was Caribbean . 1983 ended production. Many vehicles were exported to Barbados and the Seychelles . A total of about 46 developed kits as well as an unknown number of finished vehicles.
Originally designed by ex-Reliant Chief Engineer John Crosthwaite as a rustproof alternative to the Mini-Moke, the Cub has proven immensely popular in the Seychelles and Barbados as an economical, long-lived hire car. With mechanical components from the Reliant Kitten, a tough glassfibre body and a sturdy chassis, the Cub should win many friends even in our less sunny climate. A lockable boot, seating for four adults, tiny turning circle, nippy performance and low running costs make this neat little fun car a very practical.
The basic Cub kit costs around £530 plus VAT which includes a full set of body panels. These are supplied with their edges properly trimmed and are drilled ready for assembly onto the simple Reliant Kitten chassis. The 850cc water cooled engine has a reputation for reliability, longevity and economy and provides more than enough power to make the Cub a lively performer. Seating and instrumentation leave scope for the builder's imagination, while the lockable boot is a definite advantage in an open vehicle. An open air fixed Surrey top is easily constructed and full weather equipment is avaliable.
The Caribbean Cub is also offered in more complete forms even to the extent of an unassembled but absolutely complete vehicle with windscreen, seats and brand new Kitten chassis, suspension, engine and gearbox, Also available are a special body/chassis kit (at £1490 plus VAT) to convert a Reliant Robin three-wheeler into a Cub and, complete with doors, a pick-up derivative called the Cob.
The basis was in many cases the chassis of the 4 wheel Reliant Kitten and Reliant Fox and their four-cylinder engine . In some cases, a separate ladder frame and parts from the Reliant Robin were used. The body was made of fiberglass . The Cub was a four-seat beach cart and the Cob a two-door pick-up .