Bond Equipe 2-Litre Saloon
|Manufacturer||Bond Cars Ltd|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door saloon|
|Engine||Triumph 1147, 1296 or 1998 cc|
optional overdrive on 2 litre
|Wheelbase||93 in (2,362 mm) |
|Length||160 in (4,064 mm) |
|Width||60 in (1,524 mm) |
The original Equipe, the GT, was based on the Triumph Herald chassis with a fastback fibreglass body and also utilised further Triumph parts including the windscreen / scuttle assembly, and doors. The September 1964 GT4S model saw revisions to the body with twin headlights and an opening rear boot. It was powered by the same, mildly tuned (63 bhp, later increased to 67 bhp), 1147 p;cc Standard SC engine used in the Triumph Spitfire.
The engine was switched to the 75 bhp (56 kW) 1296 cc version in April 1967, just one month after the Spitfire itself had undergone the same upgrade, the revised model being identified as the GT4S 1300. An increase in claimed output of 12% resulted. At the same time the front disc brakes were enlarged and the design of the rear suspension (one component not carried over unmodified from the Triumph Spitfire) received "attention".
The GT4S was joined by the 2-litre GT with a larger smoother body directly before the London Motor Show in October 1967. This model was based on the similar Triumph Vitesse chassis and used its 1998 cc 95 bhp (71 kW) six-cylinder engine. The 2-litre GT was available as a closed coupé and, later, as a convertible. The car was capable of 100 mph (161 km/h) with respectable acceleration. Horsepower and suspension improvements were made in line with Triumph's Mark 2 upgrade of the Vitesse in Autumn 1968, and the convertible was introduced at the same time.
- Bond Equipe GT 2+2: April 1963 - October 1964; 451 (including 7 known pre-production cars)
- Bond Equipe GT 4S: September 1964 - January 1967; 1934
- Bond Equipe GT 4S 1300: February 1967 - August 1970; 571
- Bond Equipe 2-Litre Mark I Saloon: January 1967 - January 1970; 591
- Bond Equipe 2-Litre Mark II Saloon and Convertible: January 1968 - January 1970; 841
Total Equipe Production = 4389 (including one known Mk.3 prototype made by Reliant Motor Co. at Tamworth)
Production ended in August 1970 when Reliant, which had acquired Bond in 1969, closed the factory. The last remaining vehicles were finally finished by the end of October 1970 with chassis no. V/10/5431 being the last Equipe 2 Litre Mark II Saloon produced.
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- Culshaw; Horrobin (1974). Complete Catalogue of British Cars. London: Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-16689-2.
- "Bond Equipe GT 4S 1300". Autocar. Vol. 126 (nbr 3715). 27 April 1967. p. 76.
- "News and Views: Larger engined Bond Equipe". Autocar. Vol. 126 (nbr 3711). 30 March 1967. p. 56.
- "Cars stand-by-stand: Bond [stand] 154". Autocar. Vol. 127 (nbr 3740). 19 October 1967. p. 29.
- "Equipe - May 1963 to August 1970". Retrieved 13 April 2011.
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