The Buckland B3, designed and built by Dick Buckland of Newport, South Wales, made its first public appearance at the Stoneleigh Kit Car Show in 1985. Buckland had successfully raced a modified Morgan F Type for many years, and felt that he could improve on it with his B3.
The B3’s unusual glassfibre body is hinged upwards just behind the engine to allow access to the rear suspension, while the one-piece bonnet is hinged forwards to allow access to the engine and luggage area. The body tub is attached to a steel backbone chassis. The car uses a front-mounted 1300 cc Ford Kent engine delivering 95 bhp, and weighing only 880 pounds (399 kgs) it has a top speed of 130 miles per hour (209 km/h). Drive to the single rear wheel is via a Ford Escort gearbox driving a propshaft and torque tube leading to a Reliant crown and pinion, and from there by sprocket and chain.
Buckland made only twelve cars before production ceased in 1999, but in its Series 2 slightly updated guise the car returned to the market in 2011, courtesy of Penguin Speed Shop.
2011 to date
33 made as at 2013
|Top speed:||130 miles per hour (209 km/h)|