My name is Bug, Bond Bug! I came from the 70’s to show you that back in the days, the English engineers were creative, visionary and fun! Even now, there is still a huge fan base of this original and ahead of its time car and it gained more popularity thanks to Jeremy Clarkson and his team (The Grand Tour, season 2 ep.9) and the duo Edd China / Mike Brewer (Wheeler Dealers, season 7 ep.6).


The fairytale began in June 1970 when the first Bug came to life. At first, it was only a joke or a dream but Tom Karen, a vanguard designer, impressed upon Ray Wiggin, the boss of Reliant, and together they created the most seventies british car ever.


Like every fairytale, there is a dark era that lasted from 1974 (the end of production) until the mid 2000’s when it became vintage and trendy. During this period, the Bugs were abandoned, neglected and some of them rusted in the depths of garages. This disenchantment was due to the concurrence. In fact, the market target (the English youth) prefered the 850cc Mini (cheaper and more conventional) or the Lotus Seven 4th generation (much more sporty).


For the two people in the world who still never heard of this car and are reading this blog, here is what we are talking about : a three-wheeled, two seater, tangerine orange car. The body is made of fiber-glass to save weight and is one piece molded. The lift-up canopy was seen as futurist (back in the days). There are three existing versions, 700, 700E and 700ES. The 700ES is the deluxe version and is slightly more powerful than the others and this is the one you can order in our shop if you want to be a Bond Bug owner! The 700cm3 engine is mounted in the front, behind the front wheel and between the driver and the passenger. It develops 31hp for 122km/h max speed (75mph) and is linked to a 4-speed manual transmission. No need to say that the car is a rear wheel drive. Before the end of production (1973), they made an attempt with an upgraded 750cc Reliant engine but only 142 models were made.


During the last decade, everybody became crazy about the 70’s and the Bond Bug was part of this new trend. People started to restore their precious cars and to show them during Bong Bug meetings. Bond Bug owners clubs have been created, specialized forums and websites too. The Grand Tour made an entire episode of this car and they transformed it into an amphibious car setting a new speed record on water (76.94km/h, 47.81mph).  


Fun fact: The Landspeeder driven by Luke Skywalker in Star Wars was design around the chassis of the Bond Bug.   


May the seventies be with you!

 

My name is Bug, Bond Bug! I came from the 70’s to show you that back in the days, the English engineers were creative, visionary and fun! Even now, there is still a huge fan base of this original and ahead of its time car and it gained more popularity thanks to Jeremy Clarkson and his team (The Grand Tour, season 2 ep.9) and the duo Edd China / Mike Brewer (Wheeler Dealers, season 7 ep.6).


The fairytale began in June 1970 when the first Bug came to life. At first, it was only a joke or a dream but Tom Karen, a vanguard designer, impressed upon Ray Wiggin, the boss of Reliant, and together they created the most seventies british car ever.


Like every fairytale, there is a dark era that lasted from 1974 (the end of production) until the mid 2000’s when it became vintage and trendy. During this period, the Bugs were abandoned, neglected and some of them rusted in the depths of garages. This disenchantment was due to the concurrence. In fact, the market target (the English youth) prefered the 850cc Mini (cheaper and more conventional) or the Lotus Seven 4th generation (much more sporty).


For the two people in the world who still never heard of this car and are reading this blog, here is what we are talking about : a three-wheeled, two seater, tangerine orange car. The body is made of fiber-glass to save weight and is one piece molded. The lift-up canopy was seen as futurist (back in the days). There are three existing versions, 700, 700E and 700ES. The 700ES is the deluxe version and is slightly more powerful than the others and this is the one you can order in our shop if you want to be a Bond Bug owner! The 700cm3 engine is mounted in the front, behind the front wheel and between the driver and the passenger. It develops 31hp for 122km/h max speed (75mph) and is linked to a 4-speed manual transmission. No need to say that the car is a rear wheel drive. Before the end of production (1973), they made an attempt with an upgraded 750cc Reliant engine but only 142 models were made.


During the last decade, everybody became crazy about the 70’s and the Bond Bug was part of this new trend. People started to restore their precious cars and to show them during Bong Bug meetings. Bond Bug owners clubs have been created, specialized forums and websites too. The Grand Tour made an entire episode of this car and they transformed it into an amphibious car setting a new speed record on water (76.94km/h, 47.81mph).  


Fun fact: The Landspeeder driven by Luke Skywalker in Star Wars was design around the chassis of the Bond Bug.   


May the seventies be with you!

 

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