When I was 17, my brother in law gifted me a Dutton Melos believe it or not.
It had been sitting on his parents drive for years and they wanted rid of it. He said if I could transport it I could have it.
Unfortunately, inexperience And lack of fund meant that it made it as far as my mates garage. We got some of the electrics working and a mate who was training to be a mechanic persuaded me to let him take the engine out. When we ripped it out I asked him if he could get it going and he replied no! He was a diesel fitter!
That was terminal and it sat until my mates dad wanted it out. So I managed to sell it for two bob and a washer but gave the money back to my brother in law out of guilt.
Shame really, looking back if I had it now, it would be fab. It had Mk II Escort mechanicals, 1.6 Crossflow engine, Webber carb, a LSD, hard top, Corbeau bucket seats, five point harnesses and.....Dukes of Hazzard air horns!
It wasn't the best looking thing but I understand that Dutton were a kind of entry level kit car company.
What are you looking into? A Lotus 7 or AC Cobra clone?