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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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There was a bust up between TDW and DOC in the eighties I seem to remember, which resulted in TDW setting up Club Dutton as a factory sanctioned club but IIRC Club Dutton folded not long after Dutton closed. Former Mem sec Amber did an interview with TDW for the (I think) 25years of the DOC but he always seems to have blown hot and cold with Dutton owners sometimes seeming very genial and at other times quite disparaging.
Thought it was the Dutton Owners Club he was upset with not the car owners themselves
You may get a reply from Tim, he's been a little more relaxed with the sports car owners recently. Never hurts to try.
I remember collecting a friends Sierra. I had an hiab on the truck, spent the morning helping to load others with Sierra's and the odd Phaeton, it was collection day on a Saturday, Then had to pop across to Jago's to collect a T bucket for another mate. Well spotted Ade with the old E type.
Interesting theory I knew the bulge was E Type but it never occurred to me that it could have been from that car, I have just sent Tim Dutton a picture of my original bill the old factory shot and the car today, I wonder if i will get a reply?
That must be the E type he made the bonnet bulge mould from sitting in the background.
You'd have thought standing them on an empty pallet would have been an idea.
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
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!
Hi Daryl is this photo what you want, the whole car is completely original
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