Lawrie Bond, Mi­cro­car Man

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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)

ISBN: 978-1-47385-868-8

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