Lot Number
184
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1972 Bond Bug 700ES

Sold For £16,100

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - LONDON 5 SEPTEMBER 2018


Chassis No.
BB61844

Documents: UK V5

  • Super cool ’70s icon designed by Tom Karen of Ogle Design
  • Restored to better-than-new standard
  • Formally part of a significant private collection

The Bond Bug three-wheeler symbolised the youthful exuberance of the late sixties and early seventies. A cultural revolution was occurring, and following the purchase of Bond Cars Ltd, Reliant was focused on breaking into the youth market that was the driving force of the times.

Having 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, with an aircraft-style lifting canopy, sporting unconventional high-tech black graphics and aircraft-style instruction decals indicating tire pressure and other vital information. Only available in a bright tangerine orange, the Bond Bug 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 short production run (1970–1974), it has a dedicated following today.

Finished in its trademark bright Tangerine coachwork with all the correct decals, this 1972 Bond Bug is exquisitely presented throughout; 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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