Buckler DD2 Mistral /MG
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Just had your website brought to my attention, and
can give you some information about a Buckler DD2 I briefly owned in about
1967/68 while at university in Bristol.
My recollection of the exact specification is a bit foggy, but registration was
568THW as on your register, see photo.
1250 MG engine, probably a TF
Massive twin SUs, from a Jag (?), that gave terrible consumption on short runs
and around town, but not too bad on long runs Split front axle (Ford?) pivoted
Complete bodge of a hardtop, cut from a Jowet Javelin, that did little for
keeping out the rain Simple perspex front screen, might even have added it
Relatively large finned brake drums that almost filled the wire wheels
I owned it for less than a year, the girl in the photo gave me an ultimatum and
as we have now been married for 40 years I probably made the right decision. I
sold it to a garage in Bristol, or maybe they just exhibited it on their
forecourt. A few months later came across it parked on a road alongside the
downs in Bristol. Was having a look at it, the rear had been modified with a
sort of camm tail, when someone in a flat shouted at me to ".... off". Told him
I had recently owned the car, at which he said "no you .... didn't", so went on
It was great fun to drive, but useless as a car. I remember how I discovered it
went round corners. Driving cross country at night I dozed off and woke with a
start to see a right angle bend looming at a speed I would not have knowingly
have contemplated. Turned the steering wheel and round it went - magic. Enjoyed
going down hill at night and amusing cars coming the other way by dabbing the
accelerator and shooting flames out of the exhaust that came out just in front
of the offside rear wheel.
also a very interesting letter from Helge Brock.. ....
"That is me in the car (beard
and glasses!) at Mallory Park in '64."
Just spotted your website. My name is Helge Brock and I owned the car early
60s. I bought it off the bloke that built it, can't remember his name.
That is me in the car (beard and glasses!) at Mallory Park in '64.
What prompted me to look up Buckler on the web is that the "Bay-to-Birdwood" Run
(an annual historic car rally) is on in Adelaide, and I spotted what looked like
a Buckler on the website.
Some recent emails!
A new find! well almost... just in from Donald
McKenzie click here for more
Thanks Don... where did this car get to?
and MORE from Bristol.... who
remembers this car....a DD2 built in a sitting room in Hampton Park, Redland.
Just off Whiteladies Road. He was co-founder of the Bristol Special
Builders Club (or some such title) he was hoping that minus it's body it would
fit through the bay window!
A younger chap sharing the same flat owned a very rare Lester MG triple M
special. anyone out there in Bristol during 59-62 who remembers this?
(many thanks to the fantastic
memory banks of John Cobett Maddy )
there will be more later!!
More on this inc the colour engine etc
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