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Mark G - August 1961 to December 1966


Vehicle Modifications By Chassis Number

Date

Chassis Number

Details of modifications and changes in specification

FEB 1961

M/2/26939 & M/2/26940

Sales brochure picture - click to enlargeBoth of these chassis numbers were recorded as being experimental and not as Mark F’s so it has been assumed that they were the first development cars to Production Manager, John Woods with PCK 727 in 1961 - click to enlargethe Mark G specification. By researching early photographs and sales brochures, the registration allocation for PCK 727 (Sunburst Yellow/White) and PCK 898 (Wine/Grey) respectively, fit the date exactly. Both vehicles areknown to have had aluminium rear wings with glass fibre fin inserts and plastic wing trims. This photograph of PCK 727 also shows it had Fawn seats with red piping, Fawn door trims, a Creaminstrument panel and non-opening front quarter lights.

MAY 1961

M/5/27121
/3/4

Three more chassis numbers which were recorded as experimental and not as Mark F’s. Body colours were Shark Blue, Shark Blue/Grey and Pale Green respectively.

AUG 1961

M/8/27152 & M/8/40000 onwards

The Mark G was announced. A new style saloon body incorporating front quarter lights, wind-up door windows, a reverse sloping rear window, front seats adjustable for length and height, a petrol tap operated from inside and locking door handles. All interior trim and seating was Grey. An improved Villiers 35A, 250 cc engine with a 4 speed positive stop gearbox and a Siba Dynastart was used along with bigger 10" wheels, 7" hydraulic brakes and a trailing arm rear suspension, hydraulically damped. Early vehicles used aluminium rear wings with glass fibre fin inserts.
Length 11' 0", width 5' 2", height 4' 7" and weight 826 lb.
Colours available initially: Maroon, Sunburst Yellow and Shark Blue. Later on, Signal Red, Conifer Green, Dover White, Wedgwood Blue, Light Green, Standard White and Cherry Red were introduced into the range. Price was £395 8s 4d (£395.42p) or £405 5s 9d (£405.28p) with reverse. Coloured roofs of Light Green, Gold, Grey, White and Black could also be specified for an extra £3 14s 1d. (£3.71p)

AUG 1961

M/8/40030

All glass fibre rear wings were introduced.

SEPT 1961

M/9/40097

Recorded as a “Show” model with reverse. Body colour Sunburst Yellow, registration number RCK 607

SEPT 1961

 M/9/40098

Recorded as a “Show” model with reverse. Body colour Maroon.

OCT 1961

M/10/40200

At approximately this chassis number, the front seats changed to a plain ribbed style -replacing the earlier type that had stitched panelling. (Source: Bond Info Newsletter, October 1972.)

OCT 1961

M/10/40213

The bulkhead “A” frame was modified to fit a thicker bulkhead casting, when it was available.

DEC 1961

M/12/40350

The thicker bulkhead casting was now fitted. (Also to 40342, 40345, 40346, 40347 & 40348.)

DEC 1961

M/12/40370

New front hubs without a spacer to support the wheel were introduced. (Also fitted to 40359, 40366, 40367 & 40368.)

DEC 1961

M/12/40390

Larger covers were fitted to the rear shock absorbers.

JAN 1962 

N/1/40449

A new specification for Villiers engines was introduced with a new Siba cover and a modified coil bracket. Reversing engines had numbers starting with 240D. (Forwards only started with 239D and was first used on N/3/40638.)

FEB 1962

N/2/40519

Phosphor bronze trailing arm bushes were now fitted into the main downtube.

MAR 1962

N/3/40637

A hardened pin was fitted in the gearbox and the Siba cover plate modified, with the reversing type bracket now being fitted to all engines.

MAY 1962

N/5/40914

The steering shaft was modified with a notch to locate the cotter pin.

MAY 1962 

N/5/41001

Publicity photo - click to enlargeThe first chassis number for a Mark G Ranger. A van version of the saloon with an opening tailgate, no side windows or rear seats and 42 cu. ft, 4 cwt. carrying capacity. Body colour Light Green. Price was £325 0s 0d (£325.00p) in Primer. Painting or reverse was an extra £5 0s 0d (£5.00p).

JUN 1962

N/6/40993

Publicity photo - click to enlargeThe first chassis number for a Mark G Estate. The roof style was the same as the Ranger but with side windows and rear seats that could either be laid flat or removed to increase load carrying capacity. Body colour Signal Red. Price £394 12s 6d (£394.63p). Reverse was £6 1s 3d (£6.06p) extra.

JUN 1962

N/6/41121

New type engine plates (with holes drilled in different positions) and a new type front brake back plate with a riveted cylinder was now fitted. (Also to 41113, 41114, 41116, 41117, 41118 & 41119.)

JUL 1962

N/7/41260

Originally produced as a reverse estate single, this factory demonstrator was later fitted with a twin engine and used for the M1 Motorway 24 hour publicity run. Body colour White with a Light Green roof, registration number SCK 787.

SEPT 1962

N/9/41571

The steering worm shaft was modified with a notch to locate the cotter pin. (Also fitted to 41554, 41559, 41561, 41562, 41564 and to 41569.)

SEPT 1962

N/9/41649

The first vehicle to have a chain oiler factory fitted. (But it was not yet specified as standard equipment for all vehicles.)

OCT 1962

N/10/41790

Extra felt was fitted to the body for soundproofing.

NOV 1962

N/11/41827

The first vehicle recorded with a Villiers 4T, 250 cc twin engine number was an Estate. Engine numbers started with 063E for forwards and 062E for reverse. The weight was 856 lb. and the body colour Dover White. Price was £411 7s 11d (£411.39p) or £417 8s 9d (£417.48p) with reverse. Dual-tone paint was another £3 12s 6d (£3.63p)

NOV 1962

N/11/41844

Chain oilers were now fitted as standard equipment to all vehicles.

FEB 1963

O/2/41962

The rear suspension stiffener plate was modified by lengthening the top flange of the side panel.

MAR 1963

O/3/42001 

The first Ranger recorded with a 4T twin engine. Body colour Shark Blue. Price £340 0s 0d (£340.00p) in Primer or £350 0s 0d (£350.00p) painted and with reverse.

MAR 1963

O/3/42002

The first Saloon recorded with a 4T twin engine. Body colour Shark Blue. Price £405 7s 1d (£405.36p) or £418 12s 11d (£418.64p) with Dual-tone paint and reverse.

JUN 1963

O/6/42200 

Copper sealing washers were now fitted to the slave cylinder bolts.

JUN 1963

O/6/42241

A lengthened clutch cable was fitted.

AUG 1963

O/8/42281

A Dover White Ranger with a twin engine and left hand steering. Destination not recorded.

AUG 1963

O/8/42341

A Shark Blue Ranger with a twin engine and left hand steering. Destination not recorded.

AUG 1963

O/8/42401

A sized glass fibre silencer pack was substituted for the loose fitting type.

OCT 1963 

O/10/42464

Standard White was substituted for Dover White.

OCT 1963

O/10/42519

The “Twin” badge was fitted below the rear lights on the R.H. rear wing.

DEC 1963

O/12/42639

This Reverse Twin Estate is currently (2001) residing in the Stondon Motor Transport Museum near Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Originally Signal Red it has been repainted a type of Conifer Green with a White roof but it still retains the correct engine. Registration number 997 KO

JAN 1964

P/1/42672

A stronger front trailing arm was introduced. The main section was increased in depth from 1 7/8" to 2 1/16".

JAN 1964

P/1/42731

The twin engine had the L.H. crankcase and the gearbox shell machined to accept a larger final drive sprocket (The sprockets were unaltered.) Engine numbers then started with 713E for reverse and 714E for forwards.

FEB 1964

P/2/42771

A stop light switch with “Lucar” connectors was introduced.

APR 1964

P/4/42836

H.T. coils became rubber mounted on twin engines.

APR 1964

P/4/42850

A rear opening glass fibre luggage boot was introduced for the Saloon models. The first produced had a 4T engine, body colour Cherry Red and the registration number AVE 234 B.

JUL 1964

P/7/43012

The twin engine crankcase seals were modified by Villiers to eliminate movement.

OCT 1964

P/10/43103

Publicity photo - click to enlargeThe Tourer was introduced. A 2/3 seater version of the Saloon having non-opening front quarter lights, a rear opening luggage boot, a glass fibre bonnet, a single cylinder engine and no chrome side trim. The twin engine and the body side trim were available but only as an option. Hood colour was Grey. Price was £388 4s 7d (£388.23p) and £394 5s 5d (£394.27p) with reverse. A twin engine increased the cost by £30 4s 2d (£30.21p). The first produced had the body colour Maroon and the registration number CFB 495 C.

MAR 1965

Q/3/43179

The last Saloon produced with a twin engine was Cherry Red, tested on 20th March 1965.

OCT 1965

Q/10/43233

The last Saloon produced with a single engine was Light Green, tested on 29th October 1965.

DEC 1965

Q/12/43235

The last Tourer produced with a single engine was Cherry Red, tested on 8th January 1966

DEC 1965

Q/12/43236

The last Tourer produced with a twin engine was Cherry Red, tested on 24th December 1965.

MAR 1966

R/3/43242

The last Ranger produced with a single engine was Wedgwood Blue, tested on 26th March 1966.

APR 1966

R/4/43243

The last Ranger produced with a twin engine was Standard White, tested on 2nd April 1966.

APR 1966

R/4/43244

The last Estate produced with a twin engine was Maroon, tested on 23rd April 1966.

MAY 1966

R/5/43245

The last Minicar to be fully assembled was a Wedgwood Blue Estate fitted with a single cylinder engine. Tested on 7th May 1966, the registration number was FUF 732 D.

NOV 1966

R/11/43246

The last Bond to be called a Minicar was an Estate painted in primer only and is recorded as having no engine fitted. It was exported to Greece after being tested (sic) on 3rd December 1966.