Owen Finlay Maclaren - Inventor of the Buggy & Gadabout chair

Did you know that the Maclaren Buggy and Gadabout chair was invented by a chap called:
Owen Finlay Maclaren  MBE (1907 – April 13 1978). He was born in Saffron Walden in Essex.

The former test pilot  and designer of the Super marine Spitfire undercarriage was inspired when his daughter visited from the USA with his first grandchild. After watching the parents struggle with the clumsy conventional pushchair, he used his knowledge of lightweight, collapsible structures to create a new generation of infant transport and inspire the design of future collapsible objects such as the Strida Cycle.

He designed his first buggy in 1965, which was built in his medieval farmhouse stables in Barby, North Hants in England

just south of Rugby. He applied for a patent on July 20 1965, for his 6lb B01 prototype with lightweight aluminium tubes receiving PatentNo. 1,154,362. On July 18 1966 he filed for an American patent, receiving Patent No. 3,390,893.

Only after this design would aluminium tubes be used in other household equipment. The buggy went on sale in 1967. He also designed the 'Gadabout folding chair' which was produced from 1961, and was commissioned by the Ministry of Health to design a larger folding buggy for larger children with disabilities called the 'Buggy Major' this buggy was designed on square tubes instead of the usual round tubes like the 'Baby Buggy', being produced around 1970.

Today the modern version of the 'Baby Buggy' are sold in over 50 countries under the Maclaren brand based in Long Buckby.

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