Dutton Kit Cars and their owners

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 20, 2017 at 22:22
They are just there to give the roll bar extra strength, all the B Types I have seen have it but I don't think that the B+ has it, if you zoom in on my photo BT 137 you should get a better view, another fact was that in the build paper you had to cut 1 1/2 inches off the front springs, my B Type weighs in at 560 Kg
Comment by Paul Sheridan on May 20, 2017 at 18:32

Ok so what does it do? Where does it go?  any close up pictures?

Comment by Dave Adams on May 20, 2017 at 17:54

the car in front is the same style of roll bar.....

Comment by Daryl Heasman on May 20, 2017 at 17:52

All B  Types should have it ,both of mine have , unless its just the early ones

Comment by Paul Sheridan on May 20, 2017 at 16:54

As Dave has pointed out, what are those two bits of tube on the front of the roll bar? It looks like tube welded on just below the roof support bar sockets!    Never seen that before.

Comment by Tony on May 20, 2017 at 9:30

The B type is a very under - rated car.  I had BT 160 (with a 1600 Crossflow and live axle) years ago and did a lot of research then, so it is great to see all this history emerging.  

The chassis and I think all the panels are quite different from the B plus which is taller, wider and has a shorter wheelbase.  The chassis is all 1 inch square tube and the bulkhead/footwells are a riveted aluminium structure.  Very lightweight, mine worked very well, once sorted.  I'm looking for another one!

Comment by John Tighe on May 20, 2017 at 8:46
No extra bracing, what you see on my car is as it came as standard, we paid extra for a fully upholstered seat tub full weather equipment and flame proof fibre glass, and we had to take our steering column and prop shafts and dutton shortened the prop shaft and lengthened the steering column while we waited, when I started my build I drilled off all the ally panels and sanded and re painted the frame, so there is a bit more history,
Comment by Dave Adams on May 20, 2017 at 7:34

and is that extra bracing on the roll bar?

Comment by Dave Adams on May 20, 2017 at 7:33

interesting to see the Dutton factory fitted the ally side panels to the car before delivery.

Comment by Dave Adams on May 20, 2017 at 7:29

i do like the early Duttons and the Btype is a nicely proportioned car. a little narrower than the B+ and its variants (3" overall i think) and shorter as well by another 3" (mostly in the boot area) although i believe the wheel base is also shorter.

there were only a few hundred made and a good few of them are abroad now (or the log books are) they do still come up for sale. and if i had room i would get one. probably fit it with a suzuki swift 1300 and RWD SJ410 gearbox......

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