Dutton Phaeton Kit car
|Manufacturer||Dutton Cars Ltd|
|Body and chassis|
|wheelbase||86 in, 218 cm|
|length:||139 in, 353 cm|
|width:||61 in, 155 cm|
|height:||42 in, 107 cm|
|ground clearance:||6 in, 15 cm|
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.
PERFORMANCE: Ford 1600cc
- max power (DIN): 72 hp (53 kW) at 5,500 rpm
- max torque (DIN): 87 1b ft, 12 kg m (118 Nm) at 3,000 rpm
- max engine rpm: 6,000
- Power: 45.2 hp/l (33.3 kW/l)
- power-weight ratio: 15.6 lb/hp (21.2 lb/kW). 7.1 kg/hp (9.6 kg/kW)
- fuel consumption: 31 m/imp gal, 25.8 m)US gal
PERFORMANCE: Ford Essex V6 3000cc
- max power (DIN) 142 hp (104 kW) at 5,100 rpm
- max torque (DIN) 174 1b ft, 24 kg m (235 Nm) at 3,000 rpm
- power: 47.4 hp/l (34.9 kW/l).
- power-weight ratio 7.9 lb/hp (10.8 lb/kW), 3.6 kg/hp (4.9 kg/kW).
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.|
Dutton Phaeton Technical details and specifications (1977-1989)
type open, in plastic material
2 bucket seats
2 side screens
integral roll bar.
ENGINE: Ford Essex V6 3000cc
6 cylinders, Vee-slanted at 60°
182.7 cu in, 2,994 cc (3.69 x 2.85 in, 93.7 x 72.4 mm)
ENGINE: Ford 1600
front, 4 stroke
4 cylinders, vertical, in line
97.2 cu in, 1,593 cc (3.45 x 2.60 in, 87.6 x 66 mm);
compression ratio: 9: 1
cast iron block and head
5 crankshaft bearings
camshafts: 1, overhead
lubrication: rotary pump, full flow filter, 6 imp pt, 7.2 US pt
1 Weber downdraught twin barrel carburettor
fuel feed: mechanical pump
water-cooled, 11.4 imp pt, 13.7 US pt
driving wheels: rear
clutch: single dry plate (diaphragm)
gears: 4, fully synchronized
ratios: 1st 3.580, 2nd 2.010, 3rd 1.400, 4th 1, rev 3.320
gear lever location: central
final drive: hypoid bevel
axle ratio: 3.700
width of rims: 5.5" or 6".
type multi-tubular space frame
front suspension: independent, radius arm, Panhard rods, lower wishbones, coil springs/ telescopic damper units, anti-roll bar
rear: rigid axle, twin trailing radius arms, A-bracket, coil springs/telescopic damper units.
turns lock to lock: 3.50.
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
wheel base: 86 in, 218 cm
front and rear track: 52 in, 132 cm
length: 139 in, 353 cm
width: 61 in, 155 cm
height: 42 in, 107 cm
ground clearance: 6 in, 15 cm
weight: about 1,125 1b, 510 kg.
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