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Lot 359: Bond Bug 700ES

The Beaulieu Sale, Bonhams (7 September 2013)

Launched in 1970, the Bond Bug achieved the seemingly impossible for a three-wheeler. Cool, fashionable and appealing to younger customers, it was quite unlike the best known of its peers: the battered Reliant Robin of Only Fools and Horses. Ogle Design stylist Tom Karen was the man responsible for the wedge-shaped Bug, which re-launched the Bond marque for new owners Reliant. Its most striking feature was the forward-hinged bonnet/canopy, beneath which sat the 700cc four-cylinder engine that also powered the Reliant Rebel/Regal, producing 29bhp in the base-model 700E and 31 horsepower in the range-topping 700ES. The latter was better equipped too, boasting superior interior trim and a spare wheel as standard. Echoing Henry Ford, the Bug could be had in any colour you liked as long as it was orange. But at 629 the Bug 700ES was more expensive than a Mini or Hillman Imp, and at that price there were relatively few takers for what was basically a two-seater 'fun' car. Motoring magazines though, loved the Bug and today this unique vehicle enjoys an enthusiastic cult following. This example was restored over a six-year period around a specially built galvanised chassis (the original being rotten) and has been fitted with the 850cc engine from a Reliant Rialto. Used sparingly since completion in 2008, the car is described as in generally good condition and offered with current MoT/tax and Swansea V5.

Lot Details
Auction The Beaulieu Sale
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number359
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£32000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£3680
Year1972
Condition rating2
Registration numberNWY 298K
Mileage-
Chassis numberBB61598
Engine number7L8545207
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors