1972 Bond Bug 700ES
The Bond Bug – what an iconic micro car!
We all know the Messerschmitts, BMW Isettas and the Goggomobils but the best of them is probably the Bond Bug.
The Bond Bug was the brain child of Tom Karen (from Ogle design who also designed the Raleigh Chopper and Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder from Star Wars!) who designed the car in the mid 1960’s and his dream became reality as Reliant bought out the Bond car company in 1969. The Bond Bug entered production in 1970 and in total 2,268 cars were built before production ceased in May 1974.
The car offered for sale is a later model Bond Bug 700ES which was the top of the range model and featured such optional extras as alloy rear wheels, wing mirrors, sports tyres, upgraded interior and a “formula-1” style steering wheel. This car was purchased in mid 2012 in the UK and imported to Australia by Oldtimer Australia. The car is in excellent condition having been repainted and 90% mechanically sorted by its previous owner. It was purchased with the knowledge there were a few jobs to be completed to finish it off. Since arriving in Australia it has had the canvas doors finished off, a replacement gearbox fitted and the car serviced. It drives really well and everything works as it should. Like many Bugs it has had an engine upgrade and now runs a 850cc Reliant engine. It weighs less than 500kg (unladen) so it really gets along! Rare in Australia and good ones are hard to find anywhere.
This has to be the best fun you can have on three wheels and its guaranteed to turn more heads than a Lamborghini Countach!
- Bond Bug
- 61301 miles