Symbolised the youthful exuberance of the late sixties
Restored to better than new standard
Surely the best available
Formally part of a significant private collection
Fun in the Sun motoring
The Bond Bug three-wheeler symbolised the youthful exuberance of the late sixties and early seventies. A cultural revolution was occurring, and the youth market was the driving force of the times. The Bond Bug was aimed squarely at this 18–25 demographic, with a special finance scheme to assist younger buyers.
Following the purchase of Bond Cars Ltd, Reliant commissioned Tom Karen of Ogle Studios, he submitted a number of drawings of bold, futuristic designs for a “fun car” concept. The newly designed three-wheeler was a striking aerodynamic wedge shape, it had an aircraft-style lifting canopy, it was available only in a bright tangerine orange, and it sported unconventional high tech black graphics and aircraft-style instruction decals indicating tire pressure and other vital information. It turned heads wherever it went. Technically a motorcycle, it was not allowed at the Motor Show, but Reliant scored a publicity coup by building a special body, joined back to back, and displaying it as a “four-wheeler.” The car’s fame was helped by a distinctive Corgi Toys die-cast toy car. Although it had a fairly short production run (1970–74), it has a dedicated following today.
Finished in bright Tangerine coachwork with all correct decals,
Exquisitely presented throughout which is a reflection of how highly treasured the Bug has been. Formally part of large private collections this is a unique opportunity to acquire one of the very best of these ultra-cool iconic little cars.
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