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The unmistakable Bond Bug 3 wheeler from the 1970s.

Mally dropped me a line, after spotting a photo of his Bond Bug elsewhere on this site. He kindly sent me in some recent photos of the car, during and after restoration, along with some words on how he came to own this bright orange three wheeler..
The unmistakable Bond Bug 700ES
"I have just been looking on your classic car site, and in the photograph section, the Bond Bug shown is the one I own.
As you can see, I have just finished re-furb'ing USF. I got it August 2007 as a 60th birthday present from the wife. It's paint was peeling in places so I thought a simple re-spray would do. No chance!! the deeper I went, the more I found. It ended up being a complete strip down.
The chassis was sandblasted and re-welded, then the constant sanding and filling and sanding and filling, it has taken around 5 months hard work, almost every day, sore fingers, no fingernails left - no doubt many other 'Bug-gers' will agree it is well worth every minute.
Not learning my lesson I have now bought another - OHM 822M - this one came in cardboard boxes, so will be a real challenge. The finger nails having just grown, are now on the way down again!! The worst part now is finding parts, they are really getting hard to come by now.
I keep saying Never Again, but ?????? I owned them when new in the early 70's, so do you think this could be a mid-life crisis??"
Bond Bug bodyshell Restoration of the Bond's bodywork continues
The Bug's engine and chassis Paintwork in progress
Thanks for sending that over Mally!!
Despite venturing into the 'normal' world of four wheeled cars, with vehicles such as the Bond Equipe, it is for the various three wheelers that the company will best be remembered. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, small three wheeler Bonds, such as this Mark F, would be familiar sights around the roads of Britain, often driven by motorcyclists who yearned for a little more protection from the elements, or who had a small (!) family to cart around. Commercial variants were also offered, although sold in low numbers for obvious reasons, with survivors such as this 875 van being one of the rarest of all the small Bonds. The design for the 700ES Bond Bug can trace its origins to the early 1960s, when a replacement for the Regal was being mooted, but didn't actually hit the showrooms until 1970s, by which time Bond was owned by the most famous three wheeler firm of all, Reliant. Production continued until 1974. Photographs of a toy Bond Bug, produced by Bandai of Japan, can be found here.
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