IMPORTANT INFO We have sold all our manufacturing rights for the Reef and Surf to Kama EKO Group - a sea plane manufacturing company
in Poland - who have been successfully importing our amphibs for over 10 years, shipments of all moulds and tooling will be completed end 2023.
Production of Reef and Surf will start 2024. Tim Dutton is retained as a consultant so that continuity of brand is maintained.
MEDIA & ADVERTISING ONLY:- Tim Dutton still drives his own late Surf - Any company wishing to use a Surf for Press or advertising contact email@example.com ---
For all info on a new Reef and Surf please contact Kama EKO Group direct:-
web:- https://www.kama-pomiary.pl. Their web site is in English (click Union Jack) and Polish
For all Dutton amphib servicing in the UK contact our chief engineer who has worked with us since 2008, indeed if your
Surf or Reef was manufactured after 2008 Jack would have built it.
He now operates his own fully equipped garage - WJ Autos Ltd, Portsmouth, Hampshire. email:- firstname.lastname@example.org ---
Tim Dutton is now concentrating on buying/selling and restoration work on all
Dutton amphibs 1995 onwards:- Amphijeep, Mariner, Commander, Reef and Surf
If you have one for sale be it ready to go, MOT failure, non starter, part built, incomplete, unregistered, light accident damage, left or right hand drive please
email email@example.com with pics, description and condition, include VIN and price - we can collect anywhere and have cash waiting for you NOW
PIGS & LIPSTICK
Before buying a Dutton a few important points:-
1/ Don't be taken in by a nice new shiny paint job. The real value in an amphib is its mechanical components, engine, gearbox, axles, drive chain, brakes, jet etc and how
tidy/safe are the wiring and fuel lines?
In particular pay close attention under the bonnet - is it up to the same standard and care as the body? or does it just look like a very old tatty second-hand car that has
been neglected over it's life time?
As they say "you can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig"
2/ Prior to buying from anyone and parting with your money always ask us for free history of the Dutton by giving us the VIN
3/ Be very wary of any advert that does not show amphib near water!
4/ Check Government web site for MOT status - even if MOT is current look at MOT history "advisories" to see what you will almost certainly need to pay/rectify for the next MOT
5/ For the safety of your family and friends never buy any make of amphib unless it has a current UK Boat Safety Certificate (BSS) https://www.boatsafetyscheme.org
this extensive examination by a Government appointed certified marine engineer (around £ 300) covers many safety items including battery master switch, fuel master tap, safety signage,
correct number and spec of fire extinguishers, working bilge pumps, correct marine grade fuel lines (Lloyds registered) and a lot more. We will never sell an amphib
without a current BSS
SELLING PRICE QUIDE assumes road legal with Boat Safety Certificate and ready for immediate road and water use:-
2 wheel drive Mariner (1995 to 2000) £5,000 to £15,000
4 wheel drive Amphijeep/Commander/Surf (1999 to 2023) £15,000 to £40,000 (huge span of values due to spec/year/condition/history etc)
Reef (2015 to 2023) no owner has sold their Reef so this is an estimate £30,000 to £40,000
This fully loaded
Surf has provenance having been bought for Peter de Savary (PdeS)
International entrepreneur, yachtsman and philanthropist and now the
personal transport for Tim Dutton since the Spring. UK registered and ready to go.
1328cc petrol, 5 speed manual, 4 wheel drive, Right hand drive,
43,830 miles (Jimny miles not Surf miles)supplied with speedo in mph and kph and can be supplied with
left or right hand drive headlamps, New tyres,
Just been fully serviced by us, will be supplied with all original documents:-
V5C showing Tim Dutton as registered owner,
Jimny purchase invoice,
Boat safety certificate,
Original Dutton order form signed by Lana de Savary,
Suzuki drivers/service manual,
Maintained regardless of expense - everything working as expected. Factory
built 2021 based on a showroom condition undamaged Jimny and used
exclusively on the River Dart by PdeS. We have already removed all Cary
Arms Hotel signage.
Search "blue amphibious car on River Dart" to see PdeS in action in his
Complete with all the following extras fitted, list prices taken from latest Dutton order form:-
Dutton Surf 4WD fully built amphib £31,080
show room Jimny donor car £9,000
front soft top (unused) £356
rear soft top (unused) £615
panoramic side screens (unused) £330
removable outboard bracket (unused) £270
NASA depth gauge £189
Boat Safety Certificate valid until 2026 £348
IVA Gov vehicle test + certificate £794
This does not take into account the increased value due to
provenance and it's rarity now Dutton has ceasing manufacturing.
This "as new" Dutton Surf is being offered at
EXTRAS included in sale:-
anchor + ropes,
tool kit (unused),
locking fuel cap,
fire extinguishers (unused),
2 buoyancy aid jackets (unused),
2 horse shoe buoyancy aids (unused),
1 orange marker buoy.
REEF (stock # White demo HD11 PWJ)
First production Reef, built 2015 and exhibited at January 2016 London Boat Show, Excel, photos showing stand being set up.
This Reef has been our Press/Show car since 2015 and has featured in all TV programs and write-ups, below picture was from Complete Kit Car mag in August 2021.
Been stored in factory for a couple of years and now undergoing comprehensive factory restoration. Registered 2018 number HD11 PWJ Now fitted with original silver Zetec S wheels.
Supplied with new panoramic side screens and new hood. Will be available early Spring 2024. Price Guide £30,000
IDEAL WINTER PROJECT. Brand new part built 2023 Reef in Blue. This Reef is supplied with the last ever VIN to be issued by Dutton (with paperwork to confirm) This
was going to be our demonstrator and built using a 2012 1600 petrol Fiesta Metal. The Metal was the top of the range Fiesta mk7 power up from 120bhp to 132bhp, close ratio
gearbox and much improved dashboard finished in jet black. What is being offered here is well in excess of our "stage 2 kit Reef" (see Reef spec on web site)
"Kit Plus" is the option between "kit" and "fully built". We strip down the complete front and rear suspension/axles de-grease and remove surplus rust,
check all brake components then spray with Zinc phosphate, marine undercoat and black marine top coat. With the engine and gearbox we pressure wash
and spray in red marine top coat. We permanently fit all this to the Reef. This Reef is now on 4 wheels, we have already
completed more than a "Kit Plus" having also fitted steer rack/pedals/servo/brake pipes/servo pipes/heating pipes/major loom extensions from dash to engine.
This project is sold with all remaining loose Fiesta parts to finish a complete car and will be ready for collection in November. You will be able to register this
Reef on the V5C as 2024 Dutton Reef.
Stage 2 Kit Plus £20,280
2012 Fiesta Metal £3,000
new pair panoramic side screens £315
new hood £528
Total £24,478. As we no longer require this Reef it is offered at a FLASH SALE PRICE of £19,450 to clear space in factory.
A LIGHT BUFF SHOULD DO IT! This amphib has provenance, we sold this Commander to Pete Townshend, lead guitarist in The Who. He used it for a number of years
to commute along the River Thames to beat the road traffic, it was then parked in one of his sheds and forgotten. Many years later when Pete sold his house in
Richmond the new buyers re-discovered it. We are now proud to offer it for sale as requiring a full restoration. All numbers match up - Registration/chassis/engine.
2001 Pete ordered Commander, We still hold the Dutton order form signed by Pete (original signed order form will be supplied with amphib)
2002 Suzuki delivered brand new standard (but rare) Turbo diesel SJ419TD to factory
2003 Pete collected Commander from Dutton factory
2006 last time amphib was taxed. Then stored in a garden shed
around 2017 Pete sold his Richmond house and new buyers re-discovered Commander in the shed. Pete confirmed to buyers he no longer required it and said they could do
whatever they wanted with it.
around 2018 buyers contacted us and asked if we could restore it and we arranged for it to be shipped down to Dutton factory. Upon arrival we spent a considerable amount
of time on an indepth report listing work required. It became clear it was beyond
economic repair (at our hourly work rate). We never got paid for the shipping`or the report so buyer agreed to let us have the Amphib in exchange for all unpaid invoices
2019 September we registered the amphib in our name, we have V5C showing we are still the registered owners
Built from a new unregistered Spanish Suzuki Santana, designated as an SJ419TD, right hand drive, 1900cc Peugeot XUD9 63 bhp (wow!) Turbo Diesel fitted as standard by Suzuki,
4 wheel drive, 5 speed, speedo in mph, odo in km, front and rear removable hard tops and side screens, we are in the process of refitting the back axle so car rolls on all 4
wheels. Certified speedo reading 748km (465 miles) 100% original, nothing has been changed or modified since built in 2003.
NOTE from photos that although the hull/deck has never been cleaned in 20 years a cursory 10 second compound has restored the GRP finish to "as new". There is no
noticeable damage to any of the GRP.
A report on restoration work required to make this amphib road and water legal will be posted here next week
OFFERS are invited "as is" guide price £ 10,000 to 15,000
ON NO ACCOUNT BID ON THIS WITHOUT EXAMINATION: We are more than happy to supply you with further photos if requested
(all can be collected, most can be shipped):-
Spare parts for Surf/Commander/Amphijeep
new black front hood only 1 left £356
new black rear hood with hood irons only 1 left £616
new windscreen with black surround only 1 left £110 collect only
new panoramic sides screens only 1 pair left £330 Factory fit only an additional special offer £80 takes 1.5 hours while you wait
new Set of 4 off dark grey GRP wheel arches only 1 set left £200
new Set of 4 off white GRP wheel arches only 1 set left £200
used set of 4 off dark blue GRP wheel arches only 1 set left £90
new rear boarding platform in light grey £110 collect only
new side thruster in light grey £40
used Jimny wheel (tyre u/s) 10 spoke (same as on blue Surf above) £50 collect only
Spare parts for Reef
Used Zetec S road wheels, various colours black/white/silver with tyres, 205/40 ZR 17 from £30 each to clear collect only
ODDS & SODS:-
Used Mariner Sailmate outboard 4hp with inbuilt tank and throttle/steer very reliable, we have used this for over 5 years, new impeller fitted this summer, in good condition,
this has the power and shaft length we recommend to suit all our amphibs.
Can be seen running in water £450 Collect only
New adjustable outboard bracket max 15bhp (30kg) Top quality Italian manufacture, only 1 left. These retail from Bainbridge Marine for £267. Our price £180. This MUST be
removed before for use on a public highway, see slide bracket below.
Used slide bracket for above outboard motor £45 SPECIAL OFFER buy above new O/B bracket and get this for free. For fitting at factory + £30.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ALL FOLLOWING INFO IS FOR HISTORIC REFERENCE ONLY
55 years of Dutton Cars
See Ultimate Rides for 5 min US TV video on the Dutton 4WD Surf: click HERE to view the clip.
See Secrets of the Supercars on UKTV Play for 5 min Video on the Dutton 4WD Surf: click HERE to view a clip.
See a demonstration of rough terrain handling. Click HERE to view a clip.
YouTube of Britain's Got Talent with Simon
Cowell and David Walliams in the Union Jack wrapped Dutton Surf arriving at the Thames TV studio, Media City,
Over 860,000 views and still counting...!
We have always used exhibitions as our main form of paid advertising. Our first exhibition was 1970 when Peter
Filby rented a field in (we think) Hindhead in Surrey. Of course the 1982 Motor Show at the NEC Birmingham was
the most talked about as we had just won the court case bought by Ford Motor Co who spectacularly failed to stop
us using the name Sierra. Our court costs were £20,000, the best £20K we could have spent on
publicity, the story being reported all over the World. Even cartoons appeared in the national press (as below),
we think no other car company has ever been the centre of such attraction in cartoons. It was particularly
amusing that just by chance our exhibition stand was next to the Ford exhibit at the NEC Birmingham.
1982 cartoons salvaged from our 1992 factory fire
WHY 99.99% OF BOATS ARE RIGHT HAND DRIVE
A specialized oar called the steering oar was placed on vessels to provide the same functionality as modern-day rudders, and
they were operated by sailors positioned at the stern. Because the vast majority of sailors were right-handed, these oars were
always placed on the right side. Sailors began calling the right side the steering side, which soon became "starboard" by combining two
Old English words: steor (meaning "steer") and bord (meaning "the side of a boat"). "Port" is named as boats could not moor up on the
starboard side (as there was a "steering oar" in the way) so the other side was always call the "port" side. We can still manufacture
the Surf in Left hand drive if specifically required
Dutton is the oldest car company in the world to still be wholly owned by its founder
To put this into context, Dutton was the first company ever to seriously 'productionise' kit car
manufacture resulting in building 8000 cars between 1968 and 1989 with over 80 staff in 24,000 ft sq spread over 4 factories and
a main road showroom in West Sussex
The first amphibious car Dutton made was in 1989. No other company comes anywhere near us for longevity.
Even the most famous amphibious car ever - the Amphicar - was only built for 2 years then the company
haemorrhaged for a further 2 years in a desperate attempt to sell off the remaining stock
Dutton is the Worlds only company in series production with amphibious cars (despite what you see on the
After trading for years as Tim Dutton Amphibious Cars Ltd we thought it would be rather fun to re-use the
50 year old company name of "Dutton Cars Ltd" (same company just a name change)
First prototype (1989) based on Dutton Sierra drophead, note the use of steel bumper / chassis
(never again) alfresco exhaust and a bemused Tim Dutton
Setting up at the 2021 Southampton Boat Show.
Very successful Southampton Boat Show 2019
Tim Dutton - Woolley
PICTURES OF THE MONTH
What are the chances? An amphibious caravan passing an amphibious car...
20 mph, 5ft drop and no slipway... (click HERE or on
picture above for Video, opens in new window)
Most modern cars are designed to last 11 years. This Dutton Mariner is well over 20 years old and still going
Brittany Northwestern most region of France. The annual Amphib meeting, Over 75 amphibs attended August
We buy dead
4WD Duttons We are eager purchasers of all 4WD Duttons regardless of their condition
including part built kits
Send us full details/photos and price
Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Burma, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dubai, England, Estonia, France, French
West Indies, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malta, Monaco, New Zealand, Northern Ireland,
Norway, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Scotland, Southern Ireland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE,
And some Military stuff..
This is not the total of all our cars sold, customers have bought more than 1 Dutton, there are
repeat orders and many are sold into the same location
We have been manufacturing amphibious cars longer than all the other companies in the World added
together - including Amphicar - this unparalleled experience over 33 years and upto VIN 280 has allowed
us to produce 4 entirely different models - the Mariner up to 2000 (Mk3 Fiesta donor), Commander up
to 2006 (Suzuki Samurai donor) and the current Surf.
We take customer privacy seriously and will NEVER disclose customer names or addresses or cold-call
them so please don't ask
50 year old
advert from our Archives
As true today as it was in the early 1970's...Note £345 for an entire kit!
We recently received this from a customer who bought a Dutton in 1972; now over 70, he still uses the
B type (if his son is not borrowing it...)
Note WWII Dutton shed at RAF Tangmere (1968) and the good old days when E Type Jaguars were simply thrown away
when not needed...
50 years old and still going strong
SURF & REEF
delivery & production
Please contact factory direct for current Delivery times.
BUILDING NOW - SEE NEW/USED page
A new blue Reef will be available for delivery in 6 months time and a new UK registered Surf is available NOW for delivery
We are quite happy to accept a deposit and incomplete order form as a firm order so you can get a
production "slot", final spec can be added closer to the delivery date
We attempt to keep some deck/hulls in stock:-
IMPORTANT:- if we quote a delivery time from a general enquiry it is only valid at the time we quote,
delivery times can easily vary drastically depending on pressure of work, however once an order has
been received then the delivery date is fixed
Stock cars For the first time ever, we have managed to catch up
with orders and now have some cars in stock.
See the "new - used" page for further details.
& launch sites
A comprehensive list of UK slipways and launch sites that you can use for your Dutton is now
available from BOATLAUNCH.CO.UK. giving details of over 940 British coastal and inland slipways.
Please click HERE to access their
Note that the site also gives tide predictions.
1968 to 1989
With well over 8000 Duttons driving around the World and despite not making them for over 30 years we
are still here to help owners. Got a TECHNICAL problem? then contact Tim for assistance. Please note
we have NO documentation or spares on these early Duttons
Norway, Canada, Sweden and Russia
Duttons have now been registered for road use in Norway, Canada, Sweden and Russia, this joins the ever increasing
list of Countries where you can register the Dutton
A day in the life..... cars being completed, customers and visitors cars and our two demo cars.
Our "fleet" of two demo cars.
TV & VIDEO
Female Comedienne JO BRAND has a new tv programme on DAVE TV where she does weird stuff to do with water. Jo spent a whole day at our
factory filming in the Dutton Surf, this was shown recently and is viewable on here and shows Jo and
Tim having fun before heading for France in a Surf.
To view the video click HERE
The Dutton. It is neither
the car that thinks it's a boat nor a boat that thinks it's a car. It has the invincible
superiority of knowing that it is both "Boris Johnson ex Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern
THE FACT DUTTON IS THE
WORLD'S ONLY SUCCESSFUL AMPHIBIOUS CAR MAKER SAYS A LOT. THE S2's
RUGGED............... "AutoExpress Magazine"
NEW WORLD RECORD 2
Duttons cross English Channel Nov 2006, see AMPHIBIOUS RECORDS link on "PRESS" link
2006 Channel Crossing Video now available. Click HERE to view (4min).
Part Completed jet bodies
Hull and deck meet up
2nd Dutton ever made, this Dutton
P1 based on the Mk1 Sprite was built in 1969 and is still going strong today.
Specifications liable to change without notice.
DUTTON is a registered Trade Mark.