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About Buckler

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 1960's. However Bucklers had considerable success entering the new Kart market in the 1960's 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.

Car models

It was the policy of the company that the specifications of all the cars was very flexible around a central design concept, as each car, kit or chassis was built to order. Basically there were about 12 model types over a period of almost 20 years.

Model Name Year
Mark V 1949-1955 1172 cc Ford engine. Top speed 80 mph. Open 2 seater. 78 inch wheelbase.
Mark VI 1950-1955 Long (80 inch) wheelbase version of Mark V.
Mark X 1950 1172 cc Ford engine. Closed coupé three seat body.
Mark XI 1950 Long wheelbase Mark X.
Mark XV 1950 BMC A-Series engined cars.
Mark XVI 1950 Long wheelbase version of Mark XV.
90 1953-1957 1172 cc Ford engine.
DD1 1956-1962 Coventry Climax 1098 cc FWA engine. Optional de-Dion rear suspension.
DD2 1957-1962 Various engines up to 2 Litres
BB100 1958-1962 Backbone chassis

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2-seat
S4 8v 1.0L SV M-4
              
   

Buckler BB100

2-seater roadster, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, side valves (flathead, L-block, L-head), 997 cm3 / 60.8 cu in / 60.8 cu in, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

2-door
2-seat
S4   1.2L      M-3
              
   

Buckler Mark V Airflow (1949)

2-door 2-seater convertible (cabriolet), 4-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 1172 cm3 / 71.5 cu in / 71.5 cu in, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

  
2-seat
S4 8v 1.2L SV M-3
              
   

Buckler Mk V Airflow (1949)

2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, side valves (flathead, L-block, L-head), 1172 cm3 / 71.5 cu in / 71.5 cu in, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 145 km/h / 90 mph / 90 mph top speed

2-door
2-seat
S4 8v 1.1L OHV M-4
              
   

Buckler Mk V-MM

2-door 2-seater roadster, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1098 cm3 / 67.0 cu in / 67.0 cu in, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

  
2-seat
S4 8v 1.2L SV M-3
26.8 kW / 35.9 hp / 35.9 hp        
   

Buckler Mk V

2-seater roadster, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, side valves (flathead, L-block, L-head), 1172 cm3 / 71.5 cu in / 71.5 cu in, 26.8 kW / 35.9 hp / 35.9 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 121 km/h / 75 mph / 75 mph top speed

  
2-seat
S4 8v 1.2L SV M-3
26.8 kW / 35.9 hp / 35.9 hp        
   

Buckler Mk VI

2-seater roadster, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, side valves (flathead, L-block, L-head), 1172 cm3 / 71.5 cu in / 71.5 cu in, 26.8 kW / 35.9 hp / 35.9 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

  
3-seat
S4 8v 1.2L SV M-3
26.8 kW / 35.9 hp / 35.9 hp        
   

Buckler Mk XI (1950)

3-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, side valves (flathead, L-block, L-head), 1172 cm3 / 71.5 cu in / 71.5 cu in, 26.8 kW / 35.9 hp / 35.9 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

  
2-seat
S4 8v 1.2L SV M-3
26.8 kW / 35.9 hp / 35.9 hp        
   

Buckler Mk53

2-seater roadster, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, side valves (flathead, L-block, L-head), 1172 cm3 / 71.5 cu in / 71.5 cu in, 26.8 kW / 35.9 hp / 35.9 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 129 km/h / 80 mph / 80 mph top speed

  
3-seat
S4   1.2L      M-3
27.0 kW / 36.2 hp / 36.2 hp        
   

Buckler Mark XI (1950)

3-seater coupé, 4-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 1172 cm3 / 71.5 cu in / 71.5 cu in, 27.0 kW / 36.2 hp / 36.2 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

2-door
2-seat
S4 8v 1.2L SV M-3
31.3 kW / 42.0 hp / 42.0 hp        
   

Buckler 90 (1954)

2-door 2-seater roadster, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, side valves (flathead, L-block, L-head), 1172 cm3 / 71.5 cu in / 71.5 cu in, 31.3 kW / 42.0 hp / 42.0 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 153 km/h / 95 mph / 95 mph top speed

  
2-seat
S4 8v 1.2L SV M-3
31.3 kW / 42.0 hp / 42.0 hp        
   

Buckler Mk53

2-seater roadster, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, side valves (flathead, L-block, L-head), 1172 cm3 / 71.5 cu in / 71.5 cu in, 31.3 kW / 42.0 hp / 42.0 hp @ 7200 rpm / 7200 rpm / 7200 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

  
2-seat
S4 8v 1.2L SV M-4
35.8 kW / 48.0 hp / 48.0 hp        
   

Buckler BB100 Prototype

2-seater roadster, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, side valves (flathead, L-block, L-head), 1172 cm3 / 71.5 cu in / 71.5 cu in, 35.8 kW / 48.0 hp / 48.0 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

2-door
2-seat
S4 8v 1.2L SV M-3
37.3 kW / 50.0 hp / 50.0 hp        
   

Buckler 90 (1955)

2-door 2-seater roadster, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, side valves (flathead, L-block, L-head), 1172 cm3 / 71.5 cu in / 71.5 cu in, 37.3 kW / 50.0 hp / 50.0 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, manual 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

2-door
2-seat
S4 8v 1.3L OHV M-4
40.6 kW / 54.4 hp / 54.4 hp        
   

Buckler Mk16

2-door 2-seater roadster, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1250 cm3 / 76.3 cu in / 76.3 cu in, 40.6 kW / 54.4 hp / 54.4 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

2-door
2-seat
S4 8v 1.1L OHV M-4
61.9 kW / 83.0 hp / 83.0 hp  98.0 N·m / 72.3 lb·ft / 72.3 lb·ft
   

Buckler Mk DD1 (1956)

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1098 cm3 / 67.0 cu in / 67.0 cu in, 61.9 kW / 83.0 hp / 83.0 hp @ 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm / 6800 rpm, 98.0 N·m / 72.3 lb·ft / 72.3 lb·ft @ 4750 rpm / 4750 rpm / 4750 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 193 km/h / 120 mph / 120 mph top speed

2-door
2-seat
S4 8v 1.5L DOHC M-4
96.9 kW / 129.9 hp / 129.9 hp        
   

Buckler Mk DD2 (1957)

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 1480 cm3 / 90.3 cu in / 90.3 cu in, 96.9 kW / 129.9 hp / 129.9 hp @ 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

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