Tom Churchill's MKXV
I have a Buckler Mark XV frame. This frame has been
modified in the rear. Instead of the parallel leaf
springs of the Morris Minor, my Buckler has a Morris
Minor rear axle located by four trailing arms and a
Panhard rod and sprung by a transverse leaf spring. Bob
Hanna told me that this chassis was standard when
Autosport sold it.
I purchased this Buckler from Mr. Keith Wiesinger of
Williamsville, New York (a suburb of Buffalo, New York)
in December 1985. I brought it home in the spring of
1986. At that time the Buckler was fitted with a flat
head Morris Minor engine with an Alta overhead valve
conversion. This engine is now with M Fisher of
Auckland, New Zealand. Bob Hanna told me that this
engine had come from Autosport's shop Morris Minor which
had been wrecked by a mechanic who worked for Autosport.
My Buckler was one of three Mark XV chassis imported
into Canada by Autosport. There is no sign that a body
was ever fitted to my Buckler. A friend, who's father
raced a Canada Class special, is helping me try and
track down more information about my Buckler.
my letter on the web. I hope that by doing so people out
there who know more than I do will send in better
I last talked to Bob Hanna seven years ago. I will try
to talk to him this summer.
As far as I know there three Bucklers in Ohio.
1 My Buckler Mark XV
2 Charles Crawley's Mark X
3 Tom Coy's Buckler - I have no information on this
Buckler except the information on your web site. I would
like to contact Tom Coy if I can
I got a nice email from Brian Malin. He sent me some
I have a friend in Canada who has tracked down the
friend of his father who had a Buckler back then, Ray
Williams. My friend thought that this was probably my
Buckler but does not think so now. Ray had not changed
the rear suspension.
We will continue to see what we can find out about this
Buckler. For now I think this is a fourth Buckler sold
by Autosport. Brian Malin told me that Bob Hanna said
that Autosport had sold four or five Buckler frames.
Note from Stan...
I have always insisted that the Mark XV chassis had a
properly located rear axle on coil/damper units with
four trailing links and a Panhard rod, mine did for
sure, now we hear of another one the same, I have always
believed that the leaf spring layout was on the Mark XV1
chassis, We learn something new about Bucklers every day
still it's a puzzle that my old car had "proper rear
axle set up" my one was definitely originally built at
Bucklers that way and it was all brand new when I got
As to Stan's email The rear suspension on my mark XV
seems to have originally been parallel leaf springs. The
workmanship of the rear suspension is not up to that of
the rest of the frame. The mounts for the front of the
springs is still there.