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 Big Vern on May 10, 2017 at 10:32

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.

Comment by Daryl Heasman on May 9, 2017 at 18:36

Thought it was the Dutton Owners Club he was upset with  not the car owners themselves

Comment by Adrian Southgate on May 9, 2017 at 17:16

You may get a reply from Tim, he's been a little more relaxed with the sports car owners recently. Never hurts to try.

Comment by Steve Kerswell on May 9, 2017 at 13:41

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.

Comment by John Tighe on May 9, 2017 at 12:48

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?

Comment by Adrian Southgate on May 9, 2017 at 12:21

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.

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

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