1973 Three-Wheeler Bond Bug with Yamaha R1 Engine Is up for Auction

A modded version of the classic car will go on sale at the "Automobiles sur les Champes" auction.
Chris Young

A classic 1970s Bond Bug, modded by its previous owner with a 150-horsepower Yamaha R1 engine, is going up for auction at Artcurial.

Though the auction house has just postponed the November 1 auction date for its Automobiles sur les Champes collection, it says it will soon post a new date — so anyone keen on the three-wheeled cyclecar might want to make sure to stay posted.


The name's Bond

The Bond Bug was designed by Ogle in the 1970s, the body was made by Reliant in fiberglass, and the car was assembled at Bond.

In fact, the Bug was the last-ever car to be produced under the Bond Car name — not to be confused with cars popularized by the James Bond movies.

The striking bright orange vehicle, which was originally a Bond Bug 700 ES, now goes from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3.5 seconds thanks to a 1,000cc, 150 hp Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike engine, six-speed sequential gearbox, and twin motorcycle exhausts added by its previous owner.

'A real rocket' with a Yamaha R1 engine

As the auction listing says, "this is a real rocket, registered with a French tricycle registration card. The transformation, not indicated on the title, was beautifully carried out, and in every detail; it even has heating."

Though it has heating, it's important to note that the vehicle will come with the original doors unassembled, giving it the air of a refined powerhouse version of those tourist GoCars.

As InceptiveMind reports, the original Bond Bug cyclecars were produced in the UK from 1970 to 1974 and were equipped with four-cylinder engines and power ranging from 29 to 31 horsepower. The original Bond Bug could accelerate up to 76 mph (122 km/h).

If you're keen on owning the vehicle make sure to stay posted at Artcurial's website, where a new auction date will be posted shortly. Be ready to dish out anywhere upwards of €20,000 and €30,000 (approximately $23,744 to $35,615), which is the current estimated cost range for the vehicle listing.