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The Buckler Cars company founded by Derek Buckler and based in Reading, Berkshire, England produced approximately 500 cars between 1947 and 1962.

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The Buckler Cars company founded by Derek Buckler and based in Reading, Berkshire, England produced approximately 500 cars between 1947 and 1962.

Unusual in featuring spaceframe construction at this date, the high quality cars were supplied either fully built to order with a works body or optionally and mostly in component form for home completion. They were designed to accept a range of mechanical components to enable buyers to create a lightweight sports car suitable for road use and in rallies, trials, speed hillclimbs or racing. The first model, based on Derek Buckler's own very successful 1947 Buckler Special, was called the Mark V, allegedly because he did not want people to think it was the first car. After prolific success in the early and mid 1950's, Buckler's popularity waned during the later 1950s as other manufacturers came on the scene and when the kit-car market suffered a reversal in the early 1960s. However Bucklers had considerable success entering the new Kart market in the 1960s but the founder had to sell his company as a going concern circa 1962 due to failing health. After that time the company seemed to lose momentum and the new owners closed down after a few years of spasmodic trading. Derek Buckler who had been in poor health for some time, died in 1964.

As well as making cars, Buckler made gear sets for other companies including Lotus Cars. They also built the first racing car chassis for the Brabham MRD.

 

Great photo with 7 Bucklers: http://www.thevrl.com/photo/buckler?context=latest

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Comment by Melbury on October 12, 2012 at 2:04am
I am trying to drum up some interest in this excellent website. Maybe others are experiencing the same problems as I ? Something about this website caused my computer to almost come to a halt and all fans to come on full speed ( but it copes with YouTube). Also, when I try and post a photo, it becomes laterally squashed up. Also seem unable to edit my comments, only delete and start again.
 
Anyway I have a lot of fun driving my Buckler and always interested in contacting other Buckler owners.
 

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