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Phaeton S1
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Modified Rover V8 & TR8 manual gearbox. Capri RS 3100 LSD axle
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Thanks for the welcome folks

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.

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Unused (almost as new) Phaeton S1 Hood, doors, hood hoop, windscreen surround, front/rear bumpers for sale

Posted on April 24, 2016 at 18:25 16 Comments


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…


New Offenhauser 5165 Manifold for Rover/Buick V8 on Ebay

Posted on March 10, 2016 at 16:24 0 Comments

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…


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At 0:32 on March 6, 2016, Jim (across the pond) Adamek said…

If I ever lost my Phaeton over here she would almost be impossible to replace. I would truly miss the old girl.

At 23:59 on March 5, 2016, Adrian Southgate said…

Sorry to hear that tale Geoff. I lost my first Legerra to a stray firework so I understand just how soul destroying getting a burnt out wreck is.

If you ever want to try another one just let us know.

I have a whole file on the Houseman car, never had time to sit and read it all but it seems to have been quite a car.

At 21:51 on March 5, 2016, Dave Adams said…


At 20:50 on March 5, 2016, James Doulton said…

Welcome Geoff, I can't wait to see pictures. Impressive spec, sounds good fun.

At 19:39 on March 5, 2016, Steve Kerswell said…

Welcome Geoff, good spec. Car. 

At 19:19 on March 5, 2016, Adrian Southgate said…

welcome aboard geoff.

At 19:12 on March 5, 2016, Jim (across the pond) Adamek said…

Geoff, These guys have helped keep my old girl on the road over here in Florida. They are a great resource for any problems that you may have.

At 19:08 on March 5, 2016, Brian (up north) Morris said…

hi geoff welcome to dutton madness........enjoy 

At 19:08 on March 5, 2016, Dave Taylor said…

Welcome Geoff, loads of help, advise and Banter. Post Photos when you can.


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