Lawrie Bond, Microcar Man
Following the austerity measures of post-WWII Britain, the desire to own some form of personal transport was tempered by the shortage of metal and high costs of buying a car.
But some clever designers were busy dreaming up alternatives to the standard four-wheel car. Few were more inventive than Lawrence ‘Lawrie’ Bond, whose output of two-, three-, and four-wheeled vehicles is given praiseworthy coverage in Nick Wotherspoon’s illustrated history.
Bond’s early creations included Type C 500cc racing cars, followed by the first Bond Minicar, announced in late 1948. He also helped bring us the Berkeleys, Opperman Unicars, the broad Minicar range, the 875, and the Equipe models. Reliant’s takeover of Bond Cars marked its final stage.
A fascinating read. David Brown
Author: Nick Wotherspoon Publisher: Pen & Sword Transport (pen-and-sword. co.uk)