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NEW FOR 2021

Stage 1 - unchanged - our standard "Kit"

Stage 2 - new - "Kit Plus"

Stage 3 - unchanged - our standard "fully built" car

"Kit Plus" This will assist customers who want to build a kit but don't have the time or facilities to do the heavy work eg fitting suspension/axles, engine and gearbox. The "Kit Plus" is now the option between "kit" and "fully built". We strip down your 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 your Reef and importantly line up all the components - for fuller information about "kit Plus" please contact factory. You can deliver your axles/suspension/engine etc to us or it's cheap and easy to get them shipped just search "pallet shipping" these companies will also supply the pallet


Since UK insurance companies have decided that fully comprehensive insurance cover is cheaper than basic Fire & Theft the market has been flooded with cheap slightly damaged cars, most have more than halved in their value in the last few years. Typically a 2 - 4 year old damaged Fiesta would have cost around £5000.00 now these are available for around £2300.00 (plus any damaged parts)

We are registered with www.copart.co.uk that auctions 1000 (that's not a typo) damaged cars every day. If you have ordered a complete Reef you can search Copart for the donor car you want us to use. Bear in mind that these are bought by virtual auction so are sold "as is" we can only rely on the description and photos shown. Give us the bid # and maximum price you want to pay and we will bid for it on your behalf. If we win the bid you MUST pay within 2 days. See the image below as an example of the fees involved. In the alternative we can find a Fiesta for you.

Typical Fiesta donor

We can collect the donor car from any Copart - contact factory for quote (or you can collect it and deliver to us)

Look for a donor with lots of light body damage category C,D,S,N,X,U unrecorded or stolen recovered, NOT cat A or B. Fiesta mk7 must be petrol 1.6 Zetec S or 1600S or Metal

You can join Copart for £50 and bid on a suitable donor for your kit
European Spec Fiesta
American Spec Fiesta
Speed in water

According to the official press release in the 1960's the maximum speed in water for the Amphicar was quoted as "Wasserfahrt: -Hoechstgeschwindigkeit 10km/h" (6.2mph/5.4knots). No manufacturer would deliberately undersell his product therefore it is fairly safe to assume that 6.2 mph is in fact the max speed you will ever get out of an Amphicar. You might have thought that with over 40 years more development that we could better this - well you can't. Water speed for a DISPLACEMENT HULL is a function of the square root of the water line in metres multiplied by 2.8 for mph, 2.4 for knots or 4.5 for kph. The Reef (with its upgraded jet from 6" to 8" diameter ) has a speed of approx 6mph, which ties in very neatly with the above formula and is impressive considering the extra carrying capacity, size and specification compared with the much smaller 2wd Amphicar.

The rear lamps/number plate on the Reef are protected with high impact 5/16" (8mm) clear acrylic plastic so they do not contact the water.

Special attention has been paid to the sealing of the steering arms and drive shafts these incorporate high grade "sealed for life" stainless steel ball bearings with integral rubber seals (these are the only components going thru the hull).

To eliminate the need for a mild steel chassis the hull and deck are manufactured as one piece mouldings which are then bonded together to form a single homogeneous monocoque self coloured structure, all the load bearing areas - engine, gearbox, steering, f/r suspension, dampers, springs etc - have marine grade stainless steel spreader plates imbedded into the laminate. The advantage of a self coloured modern plastic composite is that it can be repaired and scratches easily rubbed out. An anti-slip pattern is moulded into various areas of the deck as an aid to safety. Being plastic composite there is never any need to wash the car regardless of whether it has been in fresh or salt water.

New REEF assembly manual now available
The full colour Dutton REEF Assembly Manual is also available as a PDF file from us. We recommend not printing off the manual until you have the kit in front of you as we are constanly improving it. Click HERE to get it.


Some funny things happen when you put a car in water, here are a few and our solutions to them:-

Exhaust system

  • If you have ever tried to start a car that has had it's exhaust system immersed in water you will know that you have a major problem, this is because auto silencers are filled with fibre wadding, when this gets wet it blocks the system and either the engine won't turn over or it starts and the exhaust blows up. To overcome the entire Reef exhaust is mounted direct onto the engine and exits at the transom, none of the system comes into contact with water. The silencer is all stainless steel.

Mild steel v aluminium v stainless steel

  • Typically aluminium is 3 times and stainless steel 6 times more expensive than mild steel but this significant extra cost is more than compensated for by the knowledge that your amphibious car won't simply rust away and sink before your very eyes. It is almost impossible to imagine a more inappropriate material to make an amphibious car out of than mild steel unless of course you want it to end up looking like a colander. And to make the point this picture shows a typical old boat trailer made from mild steel ( AND it was galvanized) - just imagine what a normal mild steel chassis or body would end up like.
Rust chassis
  • It is a fact that all ferrous metals, if unprotected, will corrode by the natural process in which iron is converted back to it's naturally occurring form of iron oxide under the influence of water and oxygen. Therefore corrosion would not occur if the steel could be coated with a film which is completely impervious to water or to oxygen since both are required for corrosion reactions. The front and rear suspension (the only Ford parts on the "wet" side) are completely stripped and painted with 3 coats of marine phosphate primer, marine under coat and marine topcoat. All components we fit (including nuts & bolts) on the "wet" side of the car are all manufactured from marine quality AISI 316 stainless steel. With stainless steel the anodic reaction leads to the formation of an oxide film, this so called "passive oxide film" is insoluble in water and hence the metal is well protected and can be left in it's natural state.

    Why plastic?

  • It's really hard to believe that only 60 years ago (when plastic had already been invented) that someone would actually be paid to sit down and deliberately design and build an amphibious car out of highly corrosive mild steel but that is exactly what they did in the 1960's with the Amphicar and the results are all to obvious today - at one extreme rusty cars that leak and at other end of the extreme - immaculate cars that the owners won't take into water in case they start to rust and leak again. Have you any idea how annoying and time consuming it is to have to thoroughly wash down a mild steel hulled car with a high-pressure fresh water hose every time it comes out of the water? - And that's assuming that there is a standpipe near the slip in the first place. With a plastic car you NEVER have to wash it down.


  • On some amphibious cars the radiator is stuck out right at the front so if you ever nudge anything the first item to get smashed is the radiator. In the Reef the radiator is inside the rear engine bay.

The only major Ford component (gearbox imput shaft) is modified which means that if any servicing /repair work is required any competent garage can undertake it, also spares will be available anywhere in the World where the Ford is sold. We recommend that once a year (normally at the end of the season) The underside of the car is examined, in particular the steel suspension components and if they have been scratched and the paint removed they are cleaned up and high quality marine paint re-applied.

Proper doors (can you imagine getting into an amphib with the weather equipment on with no doors? - or even more importantly trying to get out quickly in an emergency). The Reef doors open ABOVE the water line so can be opened safely when the car is in the water.
4 seater 2 door
proper lockable easy access doors
Electric power steering
Left or Right hand drive.
5 speed gearbox.
Fully reclining front seats with head rests.
2 rear seats with 3 point seat belts.
Vanity mirror on sun visor with operating instructions.
9 gallon/42L fuel tank.
Diagonally split dual brake system, servo, disc front, disc rear.
Central locking.
Remote locking.
Radio/CD player.
17" Aluminium spoke wheels with 205/40 tyres.
1 internal, 2 external electric mirrors.
Halogen headlamps, hazard warning, rear fog, reversing and side repeaters.
2 speed wipers and delay.
Speedo, rev counter, fuel gauge, water temp.
Full set of Reef logos.
3 speed heater fan
3 bilge pumps with auto float switches.
Red/green/white navigation lamp.
Front stainless steel tow eye.
Rear boarding platform.
4 grab handles.
Manufactured in Perspex attached by 3 screws and is easily removable.

Black canvas with rear window and hood irons, easily removable.

On land the car drives just like a Ford. The jet steering is permanently coupled to the "road" steering so to drive into water simply follow the instructions printed on the sun visor:-

  1. Turn both bilge switches to "auto" (normally always kept in "auto").
  2. Put foot on clutch (car can still be rolling forward i.e. down a slip way).
  3. Engage jet clutch lever (marked red).
  4. Take foot off clutch and drive or roll down to water.
  5. When in water put foot on clutch and put gearbox in neutral
  6. Water speed is controlled by the car accelerator pedal.

To leave water

  1. Put foot on clutch and put gearbox lever into 1st.
  2. When wheels touch land take foot of clutch and drive out of water.
  3. Put jet clutch lever (marked red) into neutral.
  4. Whilst driving it is recommended that you apply the brakes lightly on for a few 100 yards (100M) to warm them up (this will stop them sticking if you park and leave the handbrake on)

For anyone who is not used to boating we will be more than happy to spend a couple of hours with you when you collect your Reef showing you how it works on water and giving advise on which side of the river to drive, collision avoidance etc.

To date we have not found any Country that requires you to have either insurance or a licence to drive a Reef on water.

  1. Petrol 1600 Zetec S or 1600S or Metal, mid engine, 5 speed gearbox


  • Stainless steel drive shaft.
  • All bearings "sealed for life" and maintenance free.
  • 8" diameter cast impeller in marine grade LM6 aluminium.
  • Unit can be "run dry"
  • Stainless steel rudder
  • Drive to jet from mechanical take off from gearbox
  • Jet disconnected from drive train via dog clutch lever between front seats.

inch mm
Length inc rear platform 185 4700
Width excl mirrors 72 1830
Height on land 56 1420
Height on water 38 960
Track 57 1450
Wheelbase 106 2700
Kerb weight 2500lb 1150kg
Ground clearance under hull 7 170

IVA package

ALL low volume cars in the UK have to pass IVA. Whatever car you buy you must ask to see a copy of an IVA pass certificate proving that the car can pass. If you cant be shown a pass certificate alarm bells should start to ring. No IVA = cannot be use on the road (and it will make it virtually impossible to sell the car on). For exports it is usually easier get us to IVA test and register the car in the UK before submitting to register in your country.

The IVA package includes the following:-
IVA fee.  
1 months road fund licence.  
1st registration fee.  
Pair number plates.  
Full tank of fuel.  
Attend IVA station 8 hours (say)  
  • Hull/deck joined together.
  • Rear lamps.
  • Windscreen bonded in.
  • Floor fitted, pre drilled to accept Ford seats.
  • Bonnet fitted.
  • Front doors fitted.
  • Interior trim.
  • Rear boarding platform.
  • Your gearbox modified
  • Navigation lamp/switch.
  • Free modification of all components.
  • A4 instruction sheet on "directions for use in water".
    • 3 bilge / floats fitted.
    • Entire jet unit fitted and lined up with drive box.
    • Rudder and Morse cable fitted.
    • Logos fitted.
    • Complete body compounded and waxed.
    • Rub strip fitted.
    • 4 stainless steel grab handles fitted.
    • Comprehensive assembly manual on PDF.
    • modified exhaust system, stainless steel silencer.
    • Rear perspex lamp cover fitted .
    • Stainless steel nut and bolt, additional wiring, solid brake pipes, fuel lines and hose/clip packages.
    • Mastic.
    Before you collect your kit we must have the various Ford parts to modify (at no charge) Even if you live on the other side of the world we will still need the parts to modify so allow a small amount to cover the cost of shipping these parts over prior to completion of the kit.
    We have already built well over 280 amphibious cars as complete cars - most have been thru SVA/IVA. So when you build up your Reef you know that it will pass IVA and that any assembly problems would have been ironed out during our 28 years of amphibious car production. As a free extra customer service - if you deliver your completed Reef to us we will check over the major components. This service is completely free and includes a full water test.
    The assembly manual is available on PDF and is exactly the same as our own internal documents that we use to build complete cars, every single item is detailed, mostly with photos. See News page for info on assembly manuals We typically allow 3 weeks to build up a complete car and as all the modification work is done by us you only need normal garage tools to complete.
    Click for Order Forms and Prices:
    For ordering the KIT only, click HERE
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    Specifications liable to change without notice.

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