"Buckle Motors Pty Ltd., was established in 1927 by William G Buckle
with showrooms at 127 William Street, Sydney, starting with Triumph and
Talbot franchises for NSW.
This company subsequently gained
N.S.W. franchises for Armstrong-Siddeley and De Soto (Chrysler Corp.)
vehicles. In 1949 Citroen was added to the group.
In 1954, W F
Buckle (Bill Buckle Snr.) having been involved in various forms of
motor sport in Australia and the UK, began design and construction of a
fibreglass-bodied sports car using Ford Zephyr components and named
Buckle 2.5 Coupe. These cars held every hill climb and lap record for
G.T. class at circuits on the East coast, and twenty four were produced.
1958, Bill Buckle Snr. went to Dingolfing in Bavaria to convince Hans
Glas that we could produce fibreglass bodies for Goggomobil cars, and
obtained the rights for Australia. About 5000 cars were assembled from
the German mechanical parts, with various style bodies, including the
Dart, a light sports car, designed by Bill Buckle Snr...."
18 turn key and 2 sold incomplete for racing purposes.
Fibreglass body with electric opening doors, large boot area, twin fuel tanks, hand built chassis with a transverse front spring.
All bodies & chassis are numbered.
All were built with Ford Zephyr 6 cylinder engines and running gear.
Some had different gearboxes and a few had a Raymond Mays 12 port alloy head.
Built in Buckle Motors' factory in Punchbowl, Australia by Bill Buckle and with the help from some of his talented friends, Ron Tauranac, Jack Anderson, Charles Buck and a team of car builders"
"The Buckle is the craftsmanship of Bill Buckle. Designed & built in the late 1950's it depicts the style and flare of the era and it is still turning eyes today. Powered by a Ford Zephyr 6 cyl. engine its performance reflects its sports coupe style which is truly art on wheels. This is a true Australian designed & built Sports Coupe that has played a part in our motoring & motor racing history and is a credit to Bill Buckle OAM." 12.30
Buckle GT Lightweight at Sandown 2014
"A short video of John Ashwell's Buckle GT Lightweight (93-883) at the 23rd Historic Sandown, 2014. We believe this was originally Bill Buckle's car he drove and raced circa 1960-61." 1.40
Buckle Coupe Interview
"Grant Baker wanted to interview me with my Buckle Coupe and my thoughts on classic cars." 3.05