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1 July 2005
This lot is offered without a reserve
1973 BOND BUG 750ES TWO SEATER THREE WHEELER
Registration No. OKN 785M
Chassis No. TBA
Tangerine Orange with black interior
Engine: Reliant four cylinder, 748cc; Gearbox: four speed manual; Suspension: coil springs all round; Brakes: hydraulic drums all round. Right hand drive.
As the Nineteen Sixties, progressed, Mini-inspired competition from mainstream manufacturers desecrated the already fiercely competitive microcar market. Bond was one of the most successful of the British marques, but even the popular Minicar succumbed to dwindling sales in 1966. In 1969 the company was bought by rival Reliant who closed the Preston works in 1970. Shortly afterwards, the Bond name emerged once more on The Bug. Instigated by Tom Karen at Ogle Design, the new car featured sharp looks and 75mph performance with the economy and practicality of a three wheeler. Its distinctly youthful focus was evident through the use of a striking one-piece canopy that lifted for access, and racing car style decals on the front and sides. There were two specifications: the basic E, or the better equipped ES, and, from October 1973, the Bug gained Reliant's new 748cc motor and became the 750E or ES.
All Bugs were clothed in Tangerine Orange glass-fibre bodies, and this is still in good condition on the model offered today. Powered by its original 748cc engine, this ES model features a higher-compression ratio than its counterpart, as well as luxuries including headrests and a rubber front bumper. The black interior is generally in good condition bar where the vinyl has split on the driver's lumbar support, but the side screens have fared better and are in good condition. Only 142 750E and ES models were produced before production ceased in May 1974, and so this is a rare model indeed. Featuring the highest specification available in a Bug, it surely represents a fantastic opportunity to any enthusiast. The car is sold without documentation.
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This lot is offered without reserve.No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VAT at 17.5% will be added to the buyer's premium, which is invoiced on a VAT inclusive basis.
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