Article from Australian "MODERN MOTOR" - May 1959
£700 GOGGO SPORTS COMING
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STAN BROWN with prototype he built to Bill Buckle's design. Headlights will be streamlined into cars front wings.

Steel prototype shows shape of Australian - designed sports car based on Goggomobil components, due for release in May

Take a long look at these photos - they'll give you a good idea of the outline of an interesting newcomer to Australia's Goggo-mobil range, due for release early in May.
From this metal shape will be formed the female mould for the new fibreglass-bodied Goggomobil sports car designed by Bill Buckle, of Buckle Motors, Sydney. It was built by North Sydney space-frame and racing-car skin specialist Stan Brown.
Apart from its fibreglass bodywork, the Goggo Sports will be built entirely from components of the 293 c.c. engined Goggomobil saloon, which is becoming a familiar sight on Aus-tralian roads. Price will be "definitely under £700" according to Bill Buckle.

Pretty Lines
As the photos show, the car will have attractive lines, right from its flying-saucer nose to the Lotus-like rear end; and, with the reduction in weight (due to the smaller amount of fibreglass necessary) and smaller frontal area, the sports model should be quite a bit faster off the mark than its more sedate sister.
Headlights will be built into the front wings, racing-style - and, of course, that flange around the waist-line won't be visible: it's there so the mould can be bolted into frames for laying up the polyester resin and fibreglass to form the body.
The car will be built up on the same platform chassis that's used for the saloon, complete with the strengthening tunnel which houses the handbrake and remote-control gearshift linkages.

Engine, Gearbox
Engine is the well-tried 293 c.c. (Bore 58mm., stroke 56mm.) Paral-lel twin-cylinder, air-cooled two-stroke unit that's used in the standard Car Working on 6 to I compression, delivers 15 b.h.p. at 5000 r.p.m. and can be run right up to those revs all day without fear of overworking, as at that speed the pistons are travel-ling at only 1835ft. per minute.
This unit was designed for long-term reliability, with ball-and-roller crankshaft bearings and needle bear-ings at the connecting rods.
The constant-mesh four-speed gearbox is fast and easy to use, and be-cause of the lower weight  (7cwt. against 7.5 for the sedan) and re-duction in drag, Bill Buckle is think-ing about raising the gearing on the sports car. At present the standard car runs at 10.9 m.p.h. per 1000 r.p.m. in top gear, but this may be raised with the new cogs, resulting in a top speed of about 65 m.p.h. com-pared with 60 for the saloon.
Engine, gearbox and final drive (bevel gears) are mounted as one unit, and final-drive ratio is 2.4 to 1.
The Goggo is equipped with the Norris combined starter and generator; ignition is by twin coils and twin make-and-breaks on the generator unit.


Suspension Wheels
Suspension is independent all round, by swing axles (triangulated at front), coil springs and telescopic shock-absorbers.
The l0in. wheels are fitted with 4.40 by l0in. tyres - and the size is important. The rim-bolted disc wheels have to be small to reduce unsprung weight-that part of the car, which lies be-tween the springs and the road. Low unsprung weight means that the wheels can follow bumps easily, yet are not heavy enough to make the recoil uncomfortable.
Brakes are more than adequate for such a light car, with 63 sq. in. lining area, and act hydraulically on all four wheels.  The mechanical handbrake handily placed between the two-bucket seats works on the rear wheels only.
Rack-and-pinion steering is decidedly 'quick," with 2.75 turns lock-to-lock, and the car is capable of turning completely around between two kurbs 22ft. apart.

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CLEAN shape with low frontal area shows up well in this picture. Flange around prototype shell will be absent from finished car.

Self-raising Seats
Now for coachwork and equip-ment: because of the wide-open spaces in the Goggo Sports (this must be one of the roomiest cars of its type ever built), this will allow the synthetically upholstered seats to move back quite a distance - enough for the longest-legged driver.
And the seats are so arranged that as they're pushed back, they rise up to allow easy exit over the sides. To get out of the car, it's just a matter of pushing yourself backwards, which lifts you up, then stepping over the side on to the ground. 28in. below (although some production cars will be equipped with doors). Conversely, when you sit on them, the seats re-turn to their normal low-down position. It's all done by a special system of linkages.
Apart from this, the seats are the standard Goggo type, adjustable for rake, right down to a fully reclined position.
Weather equipment will be op-tional - you can either have a full hood  (clipped to a fibreglass sur-round on the windscreen) or a tonneau cover. Other standard equipment will be electric screen-wipers and an in-strument cluster incorporating a speedometer and warning lights for ignition, turn indicators and high beam.
So that's Bill Buckle's latest baby: it should go faster and give even greater  economy  than  the  Goggo saloon, and should suit the sporting man who's looking for a reasonably priced runabout.
And if Mr. Menzies and his Gov-ernment ever allow Buckle Motors to import the 400 c.c.  Motor that's available in Europe, the Goggo Sports will be able to show its heels to many heavier, more powerful production cars.

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TAIL is Lotus-like, with rounded, upswept fins that will carry the tail-light assemblies. Engine is in the rear, as in the Goggomobil saloon.




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