Derek Buckler blue plaque in Crowthorne

Wellington Mews stands on the site of Welco Works - home of Buckler cars and karts from 1949 to 1965

This plaque was erected by the Buckler Car Register in 2007 to mark the 60th anniversary of the first Buckler car built by Derek Buckler

The Buckler Cars company founded by Derek Buckler and based in Reading, Berkshire, England produced approximately 400 cars between 1947 and 1962. The Company made many of its cars in Crowthorne, Berkshire and a plaque can be seen on the site of the former factory.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-1950s, 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 1960s. However Bucklers had considerable success entering the new Kart market in the 1960s 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.Jack Barlow, who had led the kart development, started his own company Barlotti in Reading. They produced karts until 1990.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.

Source: dbpedia

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