Buckby Motors was established in 1997 by the late Neil Buckby who sadly passed away in 2000. His legacy lives on with his daughter Elise D’Orazio, Buckby Motors Accountant, who along with business partners Crichton Lewis, Dealer Principal, and Ben Newman, General Manager, are now the company’s owners and directors. Buckby Motors is proud to be a totally owned and run Tasmanian business.

St John St showroom in the 1970's.

10 Tamar St operated from 1999-2012 with a focus on used vehicles.

In recent years, Buckby Motors has seen considerable growth in sales and has added popular franchises Jaguar, Renault, Foton, JMC and RAM Trucks to compliment Subaru, Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover franchises. To cater for the demand of both new and used car sales, Buckby Motors has invested in two sites.

St John St showroom in the 1980's.

St John Street is home to Mercedes-Benz car and van sales. Buckby Motors offers a state-of-the-art showroom to showcase this premium brand. Subaru is also located at St John Street with a showroom that displays the complete range of models in the Subaru line-up. The Service and Parts Departments are also based at this location.

Buckby Motors Mercedes-Benz Showroom.

Buckby Motors Subaru Showroom.

Buckby Motors Big Yard - Jaguar and Land Rover Showroom.

Margaret Street is the latest acquisition for Buckby Motors. This site was purchased in 2011 and after much building and renovation, was opened for business in April 2012.


Buckby Motors Big Yard, home to Jaguar, Land Rover, Renault, Foton, JMC, & RAM Trucks plus an extensive range of used vehicles.

This Big Yard provides a vast area to more adequately display the extensive array of Used Cars. It is home to Land Rover and Jaguar and a new showroom has been built to showcase their exciting new models. Foton, RAM and JMC are also located at Margaret Street, where an impressive range of utes and trucks can be viewed, along with the versatile Mercedes-Benz Vans.  Renault cars and commercials is the latest brand to join the Big Yard, in June 2015.

Our aim is to retail, service and market the Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Land Rover, Jaguar, Renault, Foton, JMC, RAM Trucks and Mercedes-Benz Van franchises successfully via a well trained and professional dealership team. We pride ourselves with giving our customers the very best attention when purchasing a vehicle by ensuring our staff has up to the minute knowledge and training.

A little bit of history

Buckby Motors Site Corner St John and Cimitiere Streets

1963 Fire the F.H Stephens Building


The F.H. Stephens building was situated on the corner of St John and Cimitiere Streets, which is where our Subaru and Mercedes-Benz showrooms stand today.

On May 22nd 1963, fire ravaged the building after a boy who was working on a toy boat, mistakenly threw a live match into highly flammable cleaning fluids. The fire quickly spread and became a spectacular inferno which attracted thousands of curious spectators. The two-hour blaze began at 11.30am and the flames and billowing smoke could be seen for miles from the city. The Examiner newspaper article, on the 23rd May 1963, noted that the building was 100 years old and suggested that the damage was so great that it probably was not practical to rebuild.

This fascinating part of Launceston’s history was brought to our attention by Mr Andrew McGrath-Kerr, a great supporter and customer of Buckby Motors. He has kindly given us photos of the fire taken by his late father, Mr Peter McGrath-Kerr. Peter was a draftsman at the Town Hall at the time and managed to take the photos from the second story of a building adjacent to the F.H. Stephens building.

1963 F.H Stephens Fire Newspaper Page 2 Article

1963 F.H Stephens Fire Newspaper Page 4 Article

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