About Buckinghams

Buckingham has a long history of engineering excellence. Our founder, J. F. Buckingham was an inventor and engineer, and, before the First World War, produced a successful racing car called the 'Buckingham Chota' which used to regularly compete in hill climbing events and beat such well known marques as Alpha Romeo. The 1919 Motor Show saw the Buckingham range of motor cars exibiting as one of 49 British car manufacturers actually attending the show! As we know, many have since disappeared or were later absorbed under the main banners we see today.

Buckingham and the Red Racer as seen by F Gordon Crosby
Buckingham and the Red Racer as seen by F Gordon Crosby

Perhaps his most well known claim to fame was that he invented the "Incendiary" or "Tracer bullet" as it is probably better known - to deal with German Zeppelins that were troubling London during the First World War.

Buckingham's movement into other manufacturing areas, such as the famous aluminium embossing presses seen at many railway stations in the 1940's and 50's, and Commercial and Municipal type body building and truck supplying - is a long story, but we arrive here today having supplied our products to over 60 countries Worldwide, as well as satisfying a thriving home market in the UK.