Dutton Phaeton Kit car
|Manufacturer||Dutton Cars Ltd|
|Body and chassis|
The very first Dutton roadster was produced in 1970, based on the Lotus Seven concept. Since then sales have made Dutton sports cars in the Phaeton tradition had been biggest and best-selling kit models in continuous production with a total of 4 series over the years. Whichever engine is fitted (Fords were the most popular), the lightweight Phaeton is an exciting chariot in the true, traditional sports car spirit. Offering unrivalled value, its styling combines all the qualities of handling and performance that have made the Dutton legend great.
The Phaeton body/chassis kit sold for around just £520 plus VAT they came fully assembled with the complete glassfibre body ready mounted to the purpose-built steel, space-frame chassis.
Phaeton kit was supplied with many, including forward-hinging bonnet for free access to engine bay, whole bodyshell incorporating sides and rear end with boot, hinges and locks, front spoiler, rear bumper and lights, laminated screen and surround, removeable dashboard for really fast and easy wiring, completely sealed floorpan and two upholstered bucket seats
This made it all ready for quick, simple building. And based on an important innovation, unique to Dutton Cars, the later Series 3 was designed to accept Ford Escort parts throughout with almost endless scope to choose other power sources. With the building instructions provided and the mechanical components ready, the construction the Phaeton could be built a few weekends.
A black soft-top with a tubular steel framework essential option for Britain along with the hinged side screens and black tonneau. Also available was a GRP hardtop.
|Phaeton Series 1||1977-1981||Revised Malaga B Plus.|
|Phaeton series 2||1980-1982||Rear suspension modified for the use of Cortina springs|
|Phaeton Series 3||1981-1986||Modified chassis and body for Ford Escort components|
|Phaeton Series 4||1986-1989||Modified body with integrated bumpers.|