Bill Buckle OAM, trailblazing automotive industry figure was also sadly farewelled on 9 May 2023 aged 96. Mr Buckle was perhaps best known for producing the Buckle Coupe and the Goggomobil Dart.
Bill was very active in the racing industry, starting his love affair of cars working at his father’s car dealership before going overseas to pursue his racing career. Upon returning to Australia, he created the first Buckle Coupe for production in the 1950’s which ended up being primarily used for racing only.
Bill Buckle Autos started trading in used cars and converted US imports in 1961. The business progressed to become a multi-franchised Dealership, housing Toyota, Subaru and Volkswagen dealerships before being acquired by Eagers Automotive in 2008.
Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Mr Buckle’s family and friends.
Photo credit: Buckle Coupe