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99NKN Buckler Mistral Norman Norrington
Norman Norrington in his Buckler in c1965

Photo of 99 NKN with me driving it circa 1965. Sold it in 1966 but
can't remember to whom. It was bright blue with BRDC stickers on the wings
suggesting it had been campaigned. No Hood and needed a blanket round the
legs to stop the heat from the bulkhead!!

I purchased and sold it in the Colchester area. As far as I can recall it had a Ford E93A
side valve engine with an Aquaplane head, double valve springs and went like
stink and was bloody hot in the cockpit. I never raced it, but was always
bemused that I could take it out in the pouring rain and never get wet -
never did understand that, must have had superb aerodynamics over the
cockpit.....ah those were the days, petrol 2/6 a gallon, no windscreen
wipers. Since then have owned a Lambo Espada, Ferrari, XKR, RR (3), Austin
A40 Sports, Jensen Intercepter (3) plus about two dozen other minor and
major exotics, sadly in my dotage now drive a Range Rover......but none made
me smile as broadly as driving 99NKN.
Norman Norrington 2006.

Where is she now?

Well believe it or not. I received some correspondence from Canada

My father who was born in Essex England in 1945 had what he called a Ford Buckler Special.  He does not have any picture of it, only memories.  He described it to me as a very low (didn’t use the doors to get in), rounded body with a hump like a “D” type.  His father bought the car for him around the mid sixties for 100 pounds.  I would love to find a pic of this or similar car.  If you can be of any help please e-mail me back.

Regards,Richard Osborn
Barrie Ontario Canada

He thought the windshield was straight across ( but may be mistaken). It had 13” wheels in the front and 15” rears. The motor was a Ford side valve engine and there were no proper seats, you sat on foam cushions that were recessed into the floor.

Wow, as soon as I mentioned the name Norm Norrington my father said that’s who they bought it from.  My grandfathers name was Robert Osborn from Brightlingsea he passed away 15 years ago.  My father had the car from 66 to 68 and what happened was the brakes failed one day and he rear ended another car.  The car was dismantled and they tried to repair the front end but apparently was never the same.  He eventually sold it off but can not remember to whom.


Richard Osborn



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