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Dutton

NEW OPENING DAYS/LONGER HOURS

In keeping with modern trends we now work a 4 day week, open Mondays to Thursdays with increased hours 8 to 5 and are not open on Fridays/ Saturdays/Sundays

2 cherished number plates available (no vat) FL04TSY £1,000 and F10ATY £ 2,000 both on retention certificates, can't be put on cars to make them look younger

OUR 50 + YEAR CUSTOMER PLEDGE

We are immensely proud of our always free customer service that we have been offering since the early 1970's. We doubt there are many car companies (even if they still exist) where you can contact them and ask "what engine mount was fitted to my 50 year old car". That is exactly what happened recently, an owner of a 70's Dutton B Type had a damaged rubber engine mount and no one could work out what car it was from. A single email from him and in less than an hour we replied "105E Ford" one happy customer.

A couple of weeks ago we had an urgent email from a French owner of a 25 year old Dutton Mariner who was at the amphib meet in Basse-Ham, France (held every year in the UK or Europe and open to all amphibious car owners) saying his radiator had developed a major split and was not repairable, like the previous example no one could identify the make. The same day we replied "Sierra Diesel". He bought a new rad and then continued enjoying the amphib meeting. A week later we received an email thanking us for the correct info and confirming that he successfully completed the amphib meeting and then drove 400 km home.

These two examples are typical of what we receive every week, not surprising when there are more than 8000 Duttons driving/floating around the World.
Our factory has always been open to all, many visit because they are interested in what we make, many just want to chat to Tim Dutton about the thousands of cars he has made over 50 years and some come for free technical advice or even order an amphib. Tim feels he has a moral duty to keep as many Duttons on the road as possible and is always contactable by email

LAUNCH of new FaceLift Surf at Southampton Boat Show Friday Sept 16 to Sunday Sept 25 Floating at pontoon M015

We have been made aware of a fake UK "Dutton Amphi club" on the web, this has not been authorised by us. The controller of the "club" is using the fake name of Chris Dean when he is actually Chris Codner, La campers,15 Birch Copse Ind Est, Technology Rd,Poole BH17 7FH (01202 698888) to front it. So please be very careful when sending personal info to someone who does not exist. For the record there are no clubs specifically for Duttons, we recommend you joining a specialist car club for "all makes" that is local to you.
55 years of Dutton Cars
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See Ultimate Rides for 5 min US TV video on the Dutton 4WD Surf: click HERE to view the clip.
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See Secrets of the Supercars on UKTV Play for 5 min Video on the Dutton 4WD Surf: click HERE to view a clip.
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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, Salford UK
   
Over 860,000 views and still counting...!

Annual report from Tim Dutton Jan 2022

EXHIBITIONS

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.

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1982 cartoons salvaged from our 1992 factory fire

MAGAZINES

It was sad to hear of the closure of Kit Car Magazine especially as it was the first magazine in the World to be dedicated solely to kit cars. Luckily we still have Total Kit Car and Complete Kit Car magazines to promote the UK specialist car industry (more specialist car companies in the UK than the rest of the World added together)

 
  • 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 internet)
  • 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)

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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.
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Very successful Southampton Boat Show 2019  
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PICTURES OF THE MONTH
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What are the chances? An amphibious caravan passing an amphibious car...

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Diving into the River Arun in a Dutton

20 mph, 5ft drop and no slipway... (click HERE or on picture above for Video, opens in new window)

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Most modern cars are designed to last 11 years. This Dutton Mariner is well over 20 years old and still going strong.


 



 
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Brittany Northwestern most region of France. The annual Amphib meeting, Over 75 amphibs attended August 2019.

Make contact
To make contact with us please email    factory@timdutton.com

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
WHERE THEY GO


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, USA, Wales

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!


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Built to last


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...)


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Note WWII Dutton shed at RAF Tangmere (1968) and the good old days when E Type Jaguars were simply thrown away when not needed...

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50 years old and still going strong

SURF delivery & production



Delivery is now 6 months

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:-

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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.
UK Slipways & 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 site.

Note that the site also gives tide predictions.

Duttons 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
Duttons in 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





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A day in the life..... cars being completed, customers and visitors cars and our two demo cars.



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Our "fleet" of two demo cars.

TV & VIDEO STUFF

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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






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THREE MEN GO TO IRELAND (BBC TV)


Click HERE to view Video (5min)




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 Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland"
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 above
2006 Channel Crossing Video now available. Click HERE to view (4min).

No Beach Out Off Reach
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Part Completed jet bodies Hull and deck meet up
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2nd Dutton ever made, this Dutton P1 based on the Mk1 Sprite was built in 1969 and is still going strong today.
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Specifications liable to change without notice.
DUTTON is a registered Trade Mark.