Quirky British Microcar Manages to Survive the '70s, Somehow

You've definitely seen it before. But where?

By Evan Bleier

 
Quirky British Microcar Manages to Survive the '70s, Somehow
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07 November 2017

If you think you’ve never seen the three-wheeled creation you above, you’re wrong.

That’s because seven years after the Bond Bug debuted in 1970, it graced the silver screen in a little film called Star Wars, where it starred as the chassis of Luke Skywalker's landspeeder.

Produced from 1970 to 1974, the two-seater — which used 45-degree-angled mirrors to hide its wheels in the film — relied on a front-mounted 700cc engine for its puny 29 ponies of power.

Bond Bug (6 images)

Technically classified as a motorcycle, the 870-pound British microcar was almost exclusively offered with a tangerine paint job and Bond Cars was able to sell around 2,300 of 'em by 1974.

Despite serving as Skywalker's speedy steed, the Bug was not a huge commercial success and it’s now estimated fewer than 200 models are still driving on the wrong side of the road today. Unfortunately the Bug seen here is already spoken for, but the models are highly collectible, so if you happen to stumble across one, consider making room for it in your garage. 

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