With the sales success of his Buckler MK 5 the earliest example of which was manufactured in 1949 Derek Buckler expanded his range by offering a longer wheel base Buckler Mk 6 in 1953 which could be ordered either as a turn key or car sales tax saving self build model.
In kit form complete with tubular frame chassis, supports and fittings, independent front suspension, radiator, petrol tank, remote gear change, special steering and silencer for less than £200 to which could be added the cost of a motor, gearbox, rear axle and wheels which would typically come out of a wrecked donor Ford, along with the price of a home made body.
The earliest known owner of today’s featured 1953 Buckler MK 6 is believed to have been M Bendall who fitted a motor from a Ford 100E Prefect/Anglia a model first seen in 1953.
At some point the power of the motor in the vehicle as seen today was boosted with the aid of a supercharger.
Stan Hibberd owned the car in 1972 and drove it to the, now at least 200 year old, ciderhouse Coronation Tap in Clifton, Bristol for the the first meeting of the Buckler Register.
Although Stan remembered the meeting and the cider, served in half pints, many years later he did not remember any Bucklers being present although contemporary reports are to the contrary.
Stan’s grandson Andrew drove the car at last years Castle Combe Autumn Classic meeting, unfortunately a problem during qualifying meant Andrew did not take the start.
Thanks for joining me on this “Supercharged 100E” edition of “Gettin’ a li’l psycho on tyres” I hope you will join me again tomorrow when I’ll be looking at another one off Formula One car from 1974. Don’t forget to come back now.