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29th November 1972 (2)

My mate and the cars we bought BT 136 and BT 137 both blue in the yard outside Dutton's factory, early days

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Comment by John Tighe on May 9, 2017 at 11:25

I do vaguely remember getting to the factory and being disappointment with the crude set up but it was early days of kit cars and although £308 sounds cheap in 1972 I was earning about £25 a week, I do believe in the 80s Dutton had a showroom in Worthing

Comment by rob saul on May 9, 2017 at 11:08
Last year I was working at GTR at fontwell park almost exactly half way between Duttons first real factory and this one,the second factory
Met a couple of people who knew Tim and remember Dutton from the early days. I was hoping to get photos of both factories as they are now but unfortunately they are both long gone now
The original pig shed units succumbed to subsidance since they were on a weird slope/valley location. They were knocked down and a building twice the size with proper footings sits there
The tangmere factory was also knocked down and one new building put up there using the footprint from 2 buildings and that factory now rebuilds/services fire engines
Comment by James Doulton on May 8, 2017 at 23:48

The 'factory' looks much more like a scrap yard than I imagined. I thought the cars would be indoors and that they'd bring it out on a forklift and put it on your trailer. I didn't expect them to be sitting on soft wet muddy grass with puddles. I bet your mate regretted wearing light coloured trousers!

Comment by John Tighe on May 8, 2017 at 21:28

Hi Daryl is this photo what you want, the whole car is completely original

Comment by Daryl Heasman on May 8, 2017 at 20:55

Hi John can you show a picture of the whole front of the scuttle ,dash area is what I need to see , I have BT 035 but the front dashboard area  has been cut off

Comment by John Tighe on May 8, 2017 at 19:27

Hi Rob

Yes it was Newcroft, Tangmere but I am sure the building they fabricated the cars was behind me as I took the photo,

John

Comment by rob saul on May 8, 2017 at 15:14
Looks very ww2 ish Nissan hut is that at tangmere ?

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