Only 2,270 units of this three-wheel Bug were ever made. Designed by Tom Karen of Ogle Design for Reliant, they were built at Bond Cars Ltd. and then at Reliant’s Tamworth factory. They came with 29 to 31 horses under the hood, enough to take them to speeds of up to 76 mph (122 kph) – quite an impressive speed for a trike whose stability wasn’t its strongest suit.
Even more impressive is this Bug now for sale in France, through Artcurial (story via New Atlas): this is a Bug on roids, thanks to a Yamaha R1 1000cc engine that delivers up to 150 hp. Described as a rocket on three wheels, this 1973 Bond Bug ES is able to reach top speeds of 200+ kph (124+ mph) and boasts a 0-100 kph (0-62 mph) time of just 3.5 seconds.
The seller notes that the Bug is registered in France as a trike and is presented in excellent condition. The restoration and conversion wer done in England and were “beautifully carried out and in every detail; it even has heating.”
The modified Bond Bug sells with no reserve, with a price estimate of €20,000 – 30,000 ($23,750 – 35,857). You could save that money toward a supercar, but what would be the fun in that, when you can get supercar performance (as per the seller) in such a cute, tiny and bright orange package?