Dutton Kit Cars and their owners
Geoff Hudson has not received any gifts yet
Unfortunately 'owned' was the operative word. I'll explain.
Bought the new kit from Worthing when I lived in Woking. It was either a Lotus 7 or a Dutton. However, I had a low mileage SDI and wanted to build a V8 kit for off road fun.. it was before the term Track Day had been invented, but you get the picture. Engine fit in a 7 was an issue. I then read an article in Kit Car Mag about a V8 S1 built by the Househam Brothers in (I think) Lincolnshire. Fell in love. Hence an S1. The chassis came with an unfinished multi-colour glass body and some of the worst welding I've ever seen.
The build took two years and included reconstructing the chassis. The decision to order the kit with a live axle mounting instead of independent was a bad one but I found an RS LSD axle and made it fit (ratio was an issue). As it was never really intended for road use I fitted a single Corbeau, roll cage and full harness together with a small fly screen. Ergo the original seats (cushions), windscreen and alloy fitting rail were never used along with the front grille and other odds and sods.
B******s unknown stole it from a lay-by in a place called Lavant, just down the road from Goodwood in 1988. My trailer had broken and was left for less than 4 hours whilst I went home for for my BO mini welding set. Ironically, it was later found burnt out just outside Worthing minus the engine and box. It was uninsured.
Which brings me to today. I finally got round to having a workshop clearout and found lots of bits left over from the build and brought to Worcestershire when I 'retired' some 20 years ago. I'll put these bits up for offer in due course.
As threatened I've raided the attic and garage and located some of my never used S1 bits. Hood was still in the original box... only opened it today to take pix. All the original hood fixings (poppers etc) are still in the box. Doors were a bit dusty but still have the seamstrssses chalk marks on them. Also have the hood support hoop (a bit of blush rust) and the alloy windscreen surround. The brown/beige seats are still sealed in their original bag, complete with a label number…Continue
Have placed my unused (1983) 360 Equa Flow Single Quad Offy manifold on Ebay. Part of my (28 years late) Dutton garage clearout! Manifold was never used as I changed to a John Woolf Racing JWR Low line Offy. It further lowered the sight line of the Holley through the hole in the bonnet!
Will photograph and place my unused seats (brown cushions), windscreen surround, doors and tilt over the next week or so. Also have a Mini heater rad, new GT6 rack, AP Triumph to Ford hub…Continue