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1948-1965 Bond Minicar 3-Wheeler specifications


At the end of the war cars were at a premium so engineer Lawrie Bond came up with a budget three-wheeler Britain could afford. The Bond Minicar was poverty motoring in the extreme: no roof, no doors, brakes only at the rear and precious little suspension. The 1-cylinder two-stroke 122cc motorcycle engine started life with just 5bhp but gave 40mph and a claimed 104mpg. Minicars gradually became more refined and powerful until production ended in 1966. The final Mark G had a roof, doors and hydraulic brakes.

Production

  • Production:
    24,484
  • Price at launch:
    £199
  • Price (excellent)
    £3,750
  • Price (good):
    £3,000
  • Price (average):
    £1,500
  • Price (project):
    £700

Performance

  • Top speed:
    55.0mph
  • Power:
    12.0bhp
  • Torque:
    10.0lb/ft
  • MPG:
    65.0mpg

Engine

  • Configuration:
    N/A
  • Aspiration:
    Normal
  • Fuel:
    Petrol
  • Fuel delivery:
    carburettor

Chassis

  • Suspension Front:
    Independent, coil spring
  • Suspension Rear:
    Solid (later changed to independent, coil/rubber spring)
  • Steering:
    N/A
  • Bodyframe:
    glassfibre monocoque
  • Transmission:
    Chain drive

Dimensions

  • Length:
    2640mm
  • Wheelbase:
    1650mm
  • Weight:
    140kgs

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