Dutton Kit Cars and their owners

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 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......

Comment by Dave Adams on May 20, 2017 at 7:25

I know..... i was saying someone argued with me.....and told me i was an idiot to claim a chassis number for the Btype started with BT....it was interesting to have an original buyer of the Btype to post the chassis number. 

i knew i was right....but i was then said to be a pretend know it all about Duttons. turns out i was right and there is photographic proof.......the point i was ineptly trying to make.........(on this very forum as well....!)

Comment by Daryl Heasman on May 18, 2017 at 21:05

All B Types  are centre punched with their chassis number STARTING BT in the same place on the chassis , I have BT 035  so whoever thinks they were not stamped BT is a complete ----- Dave , I have also identified several B Types for their owners ,all have been marked BT

Comment by John Tighe on May 18, 2017 at 20:34
Well Dave when we picked up our kits in 1972 the chassis number is stamped with a centre punch in dots on the top cross bar just behind the engine above the gearbox and it's still there saying BT 137 and I will add to my photos a picture of the original receipt and that can't lie as it clearly says BT 137
Comment by Dave Adams on May 18, 2017 at 19:07

I know someone who will give you a very good argument about B type chassis numbers......told me i was an idiot to insist they started with BT......

Comment by Tony on May 18, 2017 at 10:26

Tried searching BT136 on this site - Result! TJU 381N still around in 2015.

Comment by Adrian Southgate on May 17, 2017 at 20:10

John, do you know the registration of his car? I will check our records to see if I have any info.

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