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The 70th anniversary next year...we would like to get as many Bucklers as possible to the Prescott event in May 2017.
Britain, France Germany, Austria, Italy...lets have a great weekend!
Karts as well!!
Please let me know if you can come..
Wilbert taking a well deserved rest thinking about how he is going to repair that door hinge!
99NKN buckler 90 Ron Ratcliffe Coggleshall c1960s
Many thanks To his brother Charles for the info.
More news to follow soon
Shelsley Classic Nostalgia 2016 was fantastic, once more. Great turn out of cars, 4 Bucklers! lovely weather and lovely company
Thanks to all
The Buckler Spectacular at Prescott this year
was brilliant...the weather was perfect. All the cars had a go up the hill...fantastic people, Simon Isles even bought his Delage as well as YTE... PMO going well after a bit of a spruce up...but she's going to have to trim down a bit if she is going to beat the MK15 at Shelsley! Apparently driver's got to trim as well!!!
PMO at Prescott 16 with brave passenger Phil ..Copyright magiccarpics.com
BUCKLER DAY AT PRESCOTT 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
The Buckler stand at the 1961 Racing car show at Earls Court Featuring the NEW Buckler Backbone
New photo has emerged of GHT with Mike Smith pedalling at Oulton Park ...late sixties....Thanks to Dave Evans for the email. Russ Filby tells me this is HIS very special Turner behind...more to follow.....
Many thanks to David, Chris, Brian et al for producing the fantastic Buckler Bulletin. please remember to renew your subs or Join up right now here
The 1961 Racing Car Show Buckler Backbone
What was it's registration when with Smith in Reading?
If anyone knows Mr Smith...Could you ask him to get in touch!
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
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
Keith, Richard and Simon, at the Shelsley Classic Nostalgia
27th July 2013 and Sunday 28th July 2013
Peter Hilton in Jon Leighton's Coventry Climax
The photo shows the car on trade plates in BRG gel coat unfinished shell with square tube!
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 here
Anyone remember seeing a Buckler car being assembled by a Mr Dale,
of Pyrland Road, Highbury, London circa 1952 ?
Bucklers on youtube!
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
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DD1 in action at Wigram October 2010 with Bruce Ellwood....
Mike Totman seen driving MOR with Keith Ambrose as passenger at Silverstone.
See the new events calendar plenty to do this year!
Kart owners. V important date here
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.
Pete Cresswell has written a very interesting letter re H M Barron's Buckler MKV HBC508 more here
Alastair Barker has written in about GDP1, The famous Buckler Jaguara and the HK Special. more here
More exciting Kart stuff as well!! click here
Peter Ramella has written about his friend Malcolm Best and his Buckler...read more here
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.
The 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 fitted 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.
Mystery Car! any ideas?? note Aprilias were right hand drive
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 goes to...
Ean from the IOM with this amazing observation...Spotted 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 soon
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 here
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 here
Keith Thomas found this amazing footage of the first Buckler with Derek Buckler pedalling at the Rest and Be Thankful here
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