Bond Equipe GT (2-Litre Saloon 1967-70)
Bond was a small British car manufacturer between 1949-1974. In later years, it was purchased by Reliant (of Robin infamy) and shut down shortly thereafter. Bond, like Reliant, manufactured a number of three wheeled vehicles before moving on to this fiberglass-bodied four wheeler. Their connection with Triumph’s was a tantalizing prospect and Reliant purchased them hoping to grow the brand. When Triumph dissolved their agreement with Bond, Reliant was left without access to the dealer network and was left with a company with too much product overlap. Shut down was inevitable.
Based on the Triumph Vitesse and sharing several parts, the Equipe amounted to a coach built roadster for those seeking a unique little sports car. While it was respectably quick, it shared several handling issues with it’s Triumph cousin, and was never a sales success. This weathered relic is one of only 591 examples, sad to see it in such disrepair.
Seen in Long Beach, WA