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The purpose of this site is to find and document as many Buckler Cars as
To collate historical information and provide technical and historical
assistance to owners
Can anyone help with this
Which 90 is this? Bought at Dunkerswell some years
Thought someone might remember the dash (or remains of )
I know she looks a bit rough but someone attached orange Dymo labels which
indicate that she was on the road in the 70's at least...and someone
made this steering wheel!! Thanks
A new find! well almost... just in from Donald
McKenzie click here for more
Thanks Don... where did this car get to?
Buckler Sports Racing Cars and
the odd 4 seater!
The new Buckler Cars Forum is here at last!! Please click this link
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would like to join...it's free!!
We have disabled the registration form as email is easier, thanks
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Up coming events
Goodwood!!! NAC and
Smith/Buckler 500 appearing
We all wish Andrew and Richard
all the best!
keep the photos coming in and i'l try and post some
Restoration Show The NAC, Stoneleigh, 25th October...please let us know
if you can help with the stand
Burford was brilliant!
Thanks to all the organisers
A good turnout of Bucklers and some other fantastic cars.
not forgetting the fantastic weather!
Great day indeed
Keith Thomas and Richard de la Roche
photos to follow
BUCKLER DAY AT
PRESCOTT Sunday 10th May 2015
with many thanks to Geoff Kimber at the Cheltenham Cleeve Vale Rotary Club.
What a great
day! we had a brilliant turnout with so many cars!!
what a fantastic effort .we had cars from far and wide, some travelled huge
distances. many thanks to everyone from the Buckler Massive! look out for the
full report in the Bulletin! and photos to follow
Fantastic photo of Keith and BEC542 Ullister Hill Whinlatter forest
What an incredible climb...I couldn't walk up there!!
David Bouncing at a dry,grassy Burton Dassett 29.9.13
The 1961 Racing Car Show Buckler
What was it's registration when with Smith in Reading?
If anyone knows Mr Smith...Could you ask him to get in touch!
Shelsley Walsh July 2014
Off to a wet start but the Buckler team had a great time
Dermot Johnson Snr with 90
He bought it from Malcolm Templeton January 23rd 1960
Where is this works built, Elva engine'd car now?
also a very interesting letter from Helge Brock...who stars on this front
page!!. ...."That is me in the car (beard
and glasses!) at Mallory Park in '64."
click here for more
Peter Hilton in Jon Leighton's Coventry Climax
The photo shows the car on trade plates in BRG gel coat unfinished shell with
just before being shipped to Australia. Is is known to have done 115 down the
Amersham bypass with a child passenger!!
1961 Buckler DD2 at Silverstone M.Fielden at the wheel.
OUD 487. Once owned by Nick Totman. not much is
known about the car's mid life.It was owned by George Luck and M. Fielden
(Possibly Fielden was killed driving another car?) eventually Mike's son Nick
found her. She has now changed hands again...
If anyone knows any more please get in touch
The Buckler stand at the 1961 Racing car show at Earls
Court Featuring the NEW Buckler Backbone
Anyone remember seeing a Buckler car
being assembled by a Mr Dale,
of Pyrland Road, Highbury, London circa 1952 ?
What's This above...it's not a Petty!
DD2 PMO220 in the background!
and MORE from Bristol.... who
remembers this car....a DD2 built in a sitting room in Hampton Park, Redland.
Just off Whiteladies Road. He was co-founder of the Bristol Special
Builders Club (or some such title) he was hoping that minus it's body it would
fit through the bay window!
A younger chap sharing the same flat owned a very rare Lester MG triple M
special. anyone out there in Bristol during 59-62 who remembers this?
(many thanks to the fantastic
memory banks of John Cobett Maddy )
there will be more later!!
More on this inc the colour engine etc
Join the Forum for more info
DD1 in action at Wigram October 2010 with Bruce Ellwood....
Mike Totman seen driving MOR with Keith Ambrose as passenger at
Another mystery car....It
was last advertised for sale in Glasgow in 1977
a Mistral fitted to an AC chassis...or is it a Tojero? any ideas....please
Peel cars in the IOM made fibreglass bodies some were fitted to
Buckler chassis, how many? See this new
peel cars site for more info
Jim Walker used to own PJT98 and has some
great pix posted
here (just scroll down to find the Buckler). Jim
bought it from Curwen in c56/57, the car is now back
with the Curwen family! more to follow... thanks Jim.
Cresswell has written a very interesting letter re H M
Barron's Buckler MKV HBC508 more here
has written in about GDP1, The famous Buckler Jaguara and the HK
Peter Ramella has written about his
friend Malcolm Best and his Buckler...read more
A brief history...
In 1947 Derek Buckler designed his own chassis
to take the engine and running gear from his Ford 1172cc sidevalve E93a.
He won over 200 awards in this car, competing in trials, hillclimbs, circuit
racing, sprints and even won an economy rally achieving just under 100mpg.
success of this car naturally demanded a replica. This was the first true
spaceframe car to be offered for sale anywhere in the world. Buckler pioneered
the 'kit car' to avoid the crippling purchase tax. More cars soon followed.
ERD96 appeared left hand drive in photographs, using reversed negatives, to fool
the tax man into believing the car was destined for export!
odd that this car now lives in France. ed.
Many chassis were tailored to suit customers requests. Engines
came from Coventry Climax, Ford, MG, Triumph, BMC, Daimler, Jaguar and many
more, even a Lincoln V12 was built.
Early bodies were of aluminium, a Buckler Special was one of the first cars in
Europe to be fitted with a fibreglass body. Buckler's also designed very
successful Karts and were famous for their tuning accessories from 1172 to full
formula Junior screamers and anything in-between !
Buckler's also manufactured close ratio gear sets that were fitted to most early
Lotus', TVR's and many Ford Specials of the 1950's
Peter Hilton became managing director in the mid 50s and continued running the
company after Buckler was told to rest by his doctor. Derek's last car design
was the first true Backbone space frame.
Buckler Cars Ltd was first advertised for sale in '62 and eventually sold to
Mike Luff and Frank Fletcher who continued to build cars and Karts until c1965.
Derek Buckler died in 1964.
Here's one to tax the braincells...
Hello Buckler Car Register.
Having (a) recently discovered the internet -- better
late than never -- and (b) come across your very clear
and usable website, I am wondering if you can shed any
light at all on the following:
On 9th June 1955, while passing a small used-car
business and filling-station, 'Motorlands', in
Stretford, Manchester on the bus, I spotted a little car
which I didn't recognise. A visit by bike that afternoon
showed it to be a pale greenish-grey saloon (2-door
4-seater, I seem to recall) which looked quite like a
Singer Bantam of 1937-ish, though it definitely wasn't
one of these -- a bit smaller, I thought. No radiator
badge, so a look at the tax-disc. It said, quite
clearly, 'BUCKLER'. There seemed to be no-one around to
ask (and questioning little boys on bikes tended to be
told to b****r off in those days) so I was left in
ignorance. I never saw it again, nor its like. Nothing
listed on your Archive lists seems to match it.
Does this make any sense to you?
If you can cast any light, I shall be most grateful.
It's been niggling for fifty-four years, after all!
In anticipation, thanks and best wishes,
The prize for the most intriguing email
Ean from the IOM with this amazing
a Buckler?? on YouTube have a look at Kenn Imhoff 01 -
Basement Lamborghini. Picture shown of rolling chassis
outside an old church at 6.39 mins into film fitted with
a body at 6.50 mins - might be worth a look - possibly
DD1/DD2?. Can anyone shed
more light.. see the vid
here it's a DD2 with a Falcon body...where and when?
More Buckler news and photos have been
sent in... more here
News of the Bristol MK 15 to follow
Brian has had a fantastic year with the
Karts...he has drummed up a fantastic following with
large numbers of classic karts appearing
regularly...Quite a few Buckler Karts are doing well!
Frank Noble used to own
NOX149 and asks...where is she now?
if anyone can answer this teaser...please let me know
Charles Crawley's MK 10
with works Taylor body is for sale in Ohio...more
details to follow
Carl Talbot has been
having fun trialling...see the video
Keith Thomas found this
amazing footage of the first Buckler with Derek Buckler
pedalling at the Rest and Be Thankful
Wayne Eastman tells me
Scott Coy's Mk 15 in Ohio is
nearly back on the road
Graeme Banks has news of the 'Blue Brick'. Imported by
Arthur Harris in 1955 the Buckler Mk V was raced
regularly by Jim Boyd in 1956 and occasionally by Phil
Kerr. It was powered by a 1172cc supercharged side valve
Ford 100E. Now with Elva head is still capable of 100
mph at at Pukekohe
IS THIS A BUCKLER?
as the DBM and driven by Jack Digby and Monty Baker Munton. It is possible that
Lance Macklin drove it in one event. It had an 1172 engine with an Aquaplane
head.. Leigh Trevail asks... also
6th May 1953 possibly Silverstone. is this a Buckler?
Fantastic new find.
Graeme Cattle has been in touch. He has owned this Kart for 30 odd years and it
to be restored! help needed with tyres etc please
News Just in Louise O'Connor has contacted us...her parents Brian and Jean
Godfrey owned 444ANO c 1957 and re bodied her twice! This photo shows
rare Peel MK 1
it is believed to be a MKV? Here's a pic of Jean
Just in... from Fred Cannon
OS9864 Buckler 90 from Wigtownshire. note headrest fin! more to come we hope. Thanks Fred.
Marc Autret and
Malcolm Buckler at Goodwood 2008 in Johan's ERD96
See more photos here
Keith Thomas wrote.
The late Doug Hyde. He was a former owner of my car
and a founder member of the Buckler register at the Bristol first meeting. He is
pictured here at our house just after taking early retirement in April sitting
in my car about 40 years after owning it.
A recent find... pic of
DD2 PMO528 at
Thanks to David Montgomery.
1950 Mk V Buckler
V/2 known in New
Zealand as “the blue brick” with Graeme Banks
and family, the new owner. this car is fitted with a very fast Elva O.H.I.V. head and handles beautifully. This car was raced by Jim Boyd in the mid
GTX247 with Dr Don Kiff. This car had and accident on the road and looks a bit
battered but still going strong... Where is she now?