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Bond Mark E - G  and the Bond 875

Bond Mark E

The Bond Mk "E" was launched in October 1957. It had been announced as early as November 1956 but due to the great success of the Mk "D" manufacture of the Mk "E" was put on hold. The Mk "E" was a completely different car to the earlier Bonds with it being longer, more stream lined and the aluminium body was built as an integral part of the chassis.  Unlike other Bonds the Mk "E" also had doors fitted which included a detachable sidescreen and included flashing indicators and larger 7" headlamps for improved safety at night time. 1,189 Mk "E"'s were made before being replaced by the Mk "F"

Bond Mark F

The Bond Mk "F" tied with the Mk "C" as the most successful of all the  Bond 3-wheelers. Introduced in November 1958 the Bond Mk "F" featured many of the features found in the Mk "E" but was produced in four  variations. These included the two seater Tourer, the four seater Family  Saloon, the Ranger Van and the two seater Saloon Coupe hardtop. Externally the Bond Mk "E" and Mk "F" are almost identical with only minor changes differentiating them. The engine of the Mk "F" was uprated from 197cc to a Villiers 250cc giving a top speed of 55 mph. There were 6,493 Mark "F"s manufactured.

Bond Mark G

In September 1961 the Bond Mk "G" was launched in a Saloon version which  was then followed up with an Estate and Ranger Van version in June 1962 and then a  Tourer version in October 1964. The Bond Mk "G" was unique from all earlier Bonds in that it now came with Hydraulic brakes which were much more effective than those previously fitted. The Mk "G" also featured Triplex glass windows with the side windows now having winders to lower them up and down.  It was powered by a choice of two engines, the 11.5 hp Villiers 250cc single cylinder engine or the 14.5 hp 250cc twin cylinder engine.

Bond 875

The Bond 875 was first publicly announced in August 1965. The 875 was a complete change for Bond as the vehicle was like nothing they had produced before and unlike other Bonds it was fast - powered by a complete water-cooled low compression 875cc Commer Van engine which gave the vehicle a top speed of 80 - 90 mph. The body of the 875 was completely made from fibreglass and had aluminium doors. All the mechanical parts of the 875 along with the engine were parts directly from the Hillman Imp. The 875 was available in a saloon version as well as in a Ranger van form and sold reasonably well though production faults and poor quality may have hindered sales.

The 1957 Bond Mk E. (My thanks to Nick Wotherspoon for allowing me to use this image from his web site.)

The 1961 Bond Mk F.

A 1965 Bond Mk "G"

A 1969 Bond 875.

The shell of the 875 consisted of three mouldings: two bonded together for the main compartment and the other a bolt-on nose-section. All other areas  were also fibreglass and the doors are aluminium.

Despite the ingenuity of the Bond 875 the build quality on many was poor and 875s left the factory with a number of problems including water leaks, rattles, seat mountings tearing away and windows popping out. Bond later introduced a lockable boot that fixed to the top of the Bond to help prevent leaks but poor quality again meant that they would often fly off at speed. In April 1967 a van version of the 875, the "Ranger" was introduced. This was followed nearly a year later by the Mark 2 version of the 875 in March 1968.

The 875 came into direct competition with Reliant's Regal 3/25 and so in 1969 production slowed when the Reliant Motor company took over Bond and eventually ceased in February 1970 after some 3,400 vehicles had been manufactured.

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My thanks go to Paul Grogan for helping with the information on this page.