Buckle Sports Coupe

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Buckle Sports Coupe
1956 Buckle GT coupe (6102421761).jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Buckle Motors
Also called Buckle Coupe
Production 1957-1959
20 produced [1]
Assembly Punchbowl, New South Wales
Body and chassis
Body style 2-door coupe
Layout front-engine, rear-wheel-drive
Powertrain
Engine 2,553 cc (156 cu in) Ford Zephyr straight-6
Dimensions
Curb weight 865kg

The Buckle Sports Coupe is a fibreglass-bodied sports car which was produced in Australia by Buckle Motors from 1957 to 1959 . The 2-door coupe used a combination of Ford Zephyr Six and Ford Zephyr Mark II components, including a straight-6 engine from the Mark II.[2][3] Totaling a weight of 865 kg and a top speed of 160 km/h, it also featured a box chassis frame, transverse leaf spring front suspension and a conventional Ford rear axle.[4]

A total of twenty Buckles were produced, including two incomplete examples sold for racing purposes.[1] Bill Buckle, the person behind the creation of the car, would however go on to a successful business venture building Goggomobil cars in Australia, the highpoint of which was the production of the Australian designed Goggomobil Dart.[5]

Motor sport[edit]

The Buckle performed well in hillclimb events and circuit races and held many records.[6] Sixteen of the twenty Buckles built competed in motor sport, [7] a highlight being Dick Newell's victory in the 1963 New South Wales GT Championship.[8]

A special Buckle (Body#93-883) was built specifically for racing purposes and was raced by Bill Buckle himself circa 1960-1961.[9] It featured a lightweight body moulded around a tubular chassis, a Raymond Mays-developed cylinder head and three SU carburetors.[9]

Buckle GT Lightweight of John Ashwell, pictured in 2012. This car was raced by Bill Buckle himself circa 1960-1961

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Buckle Coupe Home Page, www.carpartsandmore.com.au Retrieved on 19 January 2012
  2. ^ "BUCKLE MOTORS". Car Parts and More. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "1958 Goggomobil DART". The Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Peter Davis, Aussie Cars, 1987, page 69
  5. ^ Peter Davis, Aussie Cars, 1987, page 75
  6. ^ Hepworth, Kevin (2009-11-20). "My Buckle GT Tourer". CarsGuide.com.au. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Buckle Coupe - Racing History, www.carpartsandmore.com.au Retrieved on 19 January 2012
  8. ^ Buckle Coupe Racing History - Circuit & Road Racing, www.carpartsandmore.com.au Retrieved on 19 January 2012
  9. ^ a b Buckle Coupe Body#93-883, www.carpartsandmore.com.au Retrieved on 19 January 2012