Forte Vision car body bucks are the product of over a decade of experience. This experience enables us to create designs using the optimum amount of material, that work for the metal worker, are designed in consultation with your chosen metal worker and that have material in the correct place.

Your buck can be of section or egg crate design or hammerform and any hybrid in between. We will counsel you on the best options for your project and production volume.

We do not sell plans. This is because every buck is bespoke, since all metal workers have different methods and requirements. Additionally, although we can work from scale models, our preferred method is to work from scan data of original cars or plans from period. We know that our competitors use models or 3D models bought from the web. We have explored this option and having compared these against real vehicles we have scanned, the accuracy of the model method is typically unacceptable.


Forte Vision car body bucks:

  • Bucks can be plywood or stainless steel.
  • Machining of a buck is completed to our own specification.
  • Internal corners have a feature added to ensure the parts fit together perfectly. No manual filing required of hundreds of joints.
  • Hammer form elements can be added within the buck itself or as separate items. 3D printed and machined options available. Material used depends on client requirement and manufacturing method.
  • Allowance is made for clamps to be added and areas to be removed for body understructure to be made on the buck.
  • Forte Vision bucks typically use up to 40% less material than our competititors due to efficient design and manufacturing process.
  • Bucks are designed so a metal worker can see behind the panel to check fit.
  • Bucks have material where required. We do not design with solid plywood sheets added at right angles filling the whole car body shape with material.
  • We do not use models downloaded from the web, scale models or toys as the base data for a buck. The data can help, sometimes, but it always demands a lot of checking and work to refine even if the quality is worth working with.
  • Forte Vision car body bucks have three main sections as a typical minimum. Regularly, Forte Vision bucks have ten sections. Why? To assist manufacture and enable work to be undertaken on a bench as opposed to ground level. Your metal worker will be pleased.
  • The surface of the car is inset, typically 1.5mm – 2mm but you can choose, so that there is no “growth” of the car compared to an original vehicle.
  • Specific parts of a car, for example a wing or bonnet, can be created as a buck in isolation. Design are future-proofed so further areas can be added at future dates.
  • Forte Vision has 3D laser scanned, or designed from scratch, over 400 cars. Of this sample, we have, to date, over 120 scans that we have collected on our own account. Please ask if you require a buck for a particular car. We may have it already.
  • Known parts, for example a windscreen, can be integrated at the design stage, so you can be assured parts will fit with known tolerance and gapping when the car body is made.
  • We deliver and install bucks all over the planet. The end product is not a pile of wood for you to assemble.
  • Price(s) are agreed at the outset.
  • Changes, with the assumption that the design is gravitating towards a known goal, are allowed up until commitment to manufacture.
  • Often our bucks are used as an art installation, a car sculpture, after a project is completed.
  • Bucks are designed to flat pack after use for compact storage.
  • Typically, over fifty and most often over one hundred images of the car body are taken as reference material for your project.
  • Pictures can include, if required, images of tape measures or digitial calipers against features. Why? Because some people like to check with images as opposed to a computer.
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Optional extras:

  • Scan of your chassis and/or vehicle body for car body buck fitting and comparison purposes.
  • Wing and aperture edging and arch strips to further assist build.
  • Buck to be designed to fit over a chassis. Enables design refinement and proof of concept before manufacture in metal begins.
  • Engraving of the buck part numbers for each part of the buck assembly.
  • Stand including castors.


A table showing a selection, some are not mentioned due to non-disclosure obligations, of the car body bucks Forte Vision has created.

AC CobraAlfa Romeo 2900BAlvis Beetle Back
Alvis TD21 GraberAlvis TC21 SpecialAston Martin DB2
Aston Martin DB2/4Aston Martin DB5 SaloonAston Martin Zagato
Austin A35 PickupAustin 7 racerBallot 2 Litre re-creation
Bentley ContinentalBentley Bensport La SartheBentley Petersen
Bentley 2 seat specialBentley single seat specialBugatti Type 35
Cobra DaytonaCunningham CR4Ferrari 250 California
Ferrari 250 GTOFerrari 400i specialFerrari 275 GTB Special
Frazer-Nash Targa FlorioHotrod – 1932Jaguar C-Type
Jaguar D-TypeJaguar E-Type XKE customJaguar Hochberg
Jaguar XJ13 re-creationsJaguar XK120 CoupeLancia Aurelia B24 Spider
Lancia FlaminiaLister CostinLister Knobbly
Maserati 250FMaserati MistralMercedes 1908 GP
Mercedes Rennsport Transporter Blue WonderMitchell Special MKIIPorsche 356B Coupe
Porsche 550ARenault 1913 Boat tailSterling Speedster
Steady SpecialThe Blue Car


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Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider case study.


Prices start from £800 for a parts or section of bodywork. A car buck starts from £4000.

All buck prices include 3D scanning (if required), design, manufacture, delivery and assembly.

Assembly can occur most places worldwide.

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