Buckingham (automobile)

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Buckingham 8
Manufacturer Buckingham Engineering Company
Production 1913-1914
Designer J F Buckingham
Body and chassis
Class Cyclecar
Body style 2-seat open
Engine 729 cc Buckingham single-cylinder
Wheelbase 82 inches (2083 mm)[1]
Length 111 inches (2820 mm)[1]
Width 52 inches (1320 mm)[1]
Buckingham 10
Manufacturer Buckingham Engineering Company
Production 1920-1923
Designer J F Buckingham
Body and chassis
Class Light car
Body style 2-seat
Engine 1096 cc Buckingham V twin
Wheelbase 96 inches (2438 mm)[1]
Length 124 inches (3150 mm)[1]

The Buckingham was an English automobile manufactured by the Buckingham Engineering Company in Coventry from 1914 until 1923. The company had made cars under the Chota name from 1912.


The first cars were a 746 cc cyclecar and a 1492 cc V-twin-engined light car both previously sold as Chotas. The engines were to Buckingham's own design [2] and were water-cooled.

Production was suspended during World War I and during the conflict Captain Buckingham, the company owner, gained fame as the inventor of the tracer bullet, which was used against airships.[3]

In 1920 he returned to car production with a new model using an air-cooled version of the pre war V-twin engine but now with a capacity of 1096 cc, a two-speed gearbox and belt drive to the rear axle.[3] A three-speed gearbox was fitted from 1922 with shaft drive and a rear axle incorporating a differential.[3] Front suspension was by a transverse leaf spring and the rear by quarter elliptic leaf springs.[3] The two-seat bodies were made by the coachbuilder Charlesworth.

A coupé version was called the "Palace".

From 1922 to 1923 manufacture of the car was undertaken by Alvis but it is estimated that they only made about 30 of the cars.[3]

Popular Culture[edit]

  • Ozzie and Harriet, The Buckingham, season 7, episode 32, May 20, 1959 Ricky and David buy one and later regret the high costs..

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Culshaw; Horrobin (1974). Complete Catalogue of British Cars. London: Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-16689-2. 
  2. ^ Georgano, N. (2000). Beaulieu Encyclopedia of the Automobile. London: HMSO. ISBN 1-57958-293-1. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Baldwin, Nick (1994). The Automobile A-Z of Cars of the 1920s. Bideford, England: Bay View Books. p. 240. ISBN 1901432092. 

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