Bond produced their first 3-wheeler in 1948/1949, these being fitted with Villiers 2-stroke motorcycle engines. In 1965 the two-strokes were replaced by Hillman Imp units, mounted in the rear. In 1970 Bond introduced the Bond Bug, an entirely new design by Tom Karen, featuring a hinged roof instead of doors. The engine was a 4-cylinder 701 cc unit that delivered 29 hp at 5000 rpm.
The need for a compact more manoeuvrable car of the same quality meant that by 1971 some five-seater saloon bodied ZIL-117s were produced. This baby ZIL was similar in size to Gorky's Chaika (130 in. wheelbase, 225 in. overall-length), but was heavier, at 56.7 cwt. Thanks to the claimed 300 bhp engine its top speed appeared to be higher than on any other Soviet passenger car previously made, surpassing the magic 200 kph (125 mph) mark.