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£1,000,000 and it doesn't float...!

Make contact
We can be contacted by email    factory@timdutton.com

Air Conditioning
New for 2018 we are offering air con on the Surf if left hand drive and air con was fitted to the Jimny donor car

UK Pound drops 10% to 15% due to Brexit
For export sales now is the time to take advantage of this temporary "blip" in the UK exchange rate as it has dropped against most major currencies

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
Welcome Italy and Belgium

The Surf can now be legally registered for the road use in Italy and Belgium, these are joining the growing list of countries where the Dutton can be registered

Austria, Brazil, Belgium, Burma, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dubai, England, France, French West Indies, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Norway, Poland, 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, many are repeat orders and some 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 29 years and 240+ sales has allowed us to produce 4 entirely different models - the Mariner up to 2000, Commander up to 2006 and the current Surf and Reef

We will never disclose customer names or addresses so please don't ask!!!!

A Brief History of Tim
Article reprinted from February 2016 Complete Kit Car Magazine, see HERE
Sunday Observer

45 year old advert from our Archives

As true today as it was in the early 1970's...Note £345 for an entire kit!


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...)



Note WW2 Dutton shed in 1972, and the good old days when E Type Jaguars were simply thrown away when not needed...


45 years old and still going strong


Go to our Owners page for free help

50 years On
  • To put this into context, Dutton was the first company ever to seriously 'productionize' kit car manufacture resulting in building 8000 cars between 1969 and 1989
  • Dutton is the oldest car company in the world to still be wholly owned by its founder
  • 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 hemorrhaged 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!!!!!)


First prototype (1989) based on Dutton Sierra drophead, note the use of steel bumper / chassis (never again) alfresco exhaust and a bemused Tim Dutton

Reef in full Production



REEF delivery & production

Delivery is now early 2019

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:-

We have one white Reef hull in stock - if ordered waiting time is reduced by 2 weeks

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
SURF delivery & production

Delivery is now early 2019

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
Check ups & servicing
As part of our continual commitment to customer service we now offer check ups on all our amphibs, including an extended water test. After the testing we will advise if any work/servicing needs doing. You can at any time remove your car or in the alternate you can authorize us to do all or some of the work. Winter in the UK is now approaching and it's time to do the compulsory checking of the front and rear brake systems etc, putting it off until next Spring and not winterizing your Dutton now may end up being an expensive option, this is our standard servicing procedure:-

SERVICE for all 4WD DUTTON (Commander & Surf)

Check oil in gearbox/f axle/r axle

Remove wheels

Check fan belts

Replace oil/air filters

Replace engine oil

Paint all steel components under hull, f/r axles/suspension/steering/ both prop shafts etc

Check all rubber gaiters/ball joints

Check condition of front calipers/pads/discs

Dismantle and check condition of rear brake shoes, dismantle handbrake adjusters and pack with grease, re-adjust handbrake system. Clean up rear drums

Check all underside nuts/bolts

Remove poupe deck/sun deck check all fuel lines, jet belt tension

Check and grease 2 challis/jet pillow block/dog clutch and spline

TOTAL 10 hours

If you want any additional work or have specific requirements please advise. If you are interested in our servicing then please email/call us, we can collect cars if required or arrange for them to be collected from anywhere in the world.

There are 2016 model year improvements that can be retro fitted to your Commander and Surf, see "owners page". In particular stainless steel exhaust system and converting the electronic transfer box to manual

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.

New assembly manual now available

Dutton SURF Assembly Manual


To purchase this manual, visit the publisher, LULU, by clicking HERE to go to their online shop.

The 115 page full colour Dutton SURF 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 go to the Downloads page.

Duttons 1969 to 1989

With well over 8000 Duttons driving around the World and despite not making them for over 25 years we are still here to help owners. Got a TECHNICAL problem? then contact Tim for assistance. Please note we have NO documentation on these early Duttons (and don't forget to join the Dutton owners Club)
Duttons in Norway & Canada

2014 saw the first Duttons registered for the road use in Norway and Canada, this joins the ever increasing list of Countries where you can register the Dutton

Dutton in Norway


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


Our "fleet" of two demo cars.


Monday morning, Jimny donor for Surf, and Fiesta donor for Reef.

Dutton goes electric

Tim Dutton is currently building five electric powered Surfs for a European Customer. The 'E Surfs' will be used on canals that have strict emission regulations and will be powered by 48v water cooled electric motors.


The photo above shows the motor coupled to the same jet that's used for conventional Surfs. The batteries will be on an overnight charge before the cars are driven to the canals during the day. If the batteries go flat on the water, the petrol engine can be run to give enough power back to the motor through a 48v converter.

TOP 15%

A staggering 85% of all cars (all makes) fail the IVA test first time. The Dutton passes. We are so confident that the cars we present pass first time that if for any reason they don't we will re-test at our expense


TOWIE ITV2 The "lads" drove around Basildon and local lakes.


CHANNEL 4 SHOW "GADGET MAN" aired September 02 featuring the Dutton SURF


Tim also featured in an earlier episode of 'Scrapheap Challenge' on Channel 4.

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



Click HERE to view Video (5min)

Three Men Pic 01

2006 Channel Crossing Video now available. Click HERE to view (4min).

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 Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs"
"AutoExpress Magazine"
NEW WORLD RECORD 2 Duttons cross English Channel Nov 2006, see AMPHIBIOUS RECORDS page.
No Beach Out Off Reach
Factory Factory
lathe-003 hull-to-deck-002
Part Completed jet bodies Hull and deck meet up
Anyone interested in amphibs, submarines and flying cars should visit: www.landairandsea.com. they are also interested in extending their range of exhibits so if you know the whereabouts of any similar craft they would be interested in hearing from you. Quote from their web site referring to Tim Dutton

"This highly driven and amazingly creative engineer simply keeps going as others try and fail"
2nd Dutton ever made, this Dutton P1 based on the Mk1 Sprite was built in 1969 and is still going strong today. Photographed in 2005 to celebrating the 25th year of the Dutton Owners Club www.duttonownersclub.co.uk. With well over 8000 cars made already the DOC look forward to you joining them with your Dutton Amphib.
Specifications liable to change without notice.
DUTTON is a registered Trade Mark.
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