In the Netherlands you have the precise and the flexible. Of course this has a religious background, but it works 'wall-to-wall' here. There are people who genuinely believe that only cars with a separate chassis are 'classic'. There are people who happily and proudly see their almost brand new muddy Mini Countryman as a classic Mini.
For do it yourselfers
In that playing field there is of course also enough room for opinions about 'construction sets' as they have been made for many years on the basis of 2CV and VW platforms. And the fact that the Netherlands has become a world player in that field with the Zutphen Burton only makes the story more beautiful. Burton is a truly Dutch brand. A car manufacturer. And if you have always wanted to have such a company, you can contact the Gӧbel brothers, because the company is for sale. Still for sale. Because the story that Lee Towers's daughter had taken over the toko turns out to have been a false alarm.
The construction brothers
By building your own Burton, you will follow in the footsteps of Dimitri and Iwan Göbel, who started work on the very first Burton in 1998. Before that, they were already busy in the 2CV business. But the decision to come up with something for yourself was born from their consideration that the quality of most kitcar providers clearly left something to be desired. They felt that it could be better. For the brothers, there was no ready-made body, a warehouse full of parts or a handy construction manual. They had to make do with hundreds of sketches, a wall full of photos of old Bugattis, Delahayes, Morgans and Jaguars for inspiration. After knowing it came sweating: 160 kilos of filler and especially many hours of sanding and building. The first Burton came out of the mold at the beginning of 2000 and by the end of that year the counter was already at 98 orders. Now in 2021, about 1400 Burton's have been sold.
Not innovative, but retro
The American dune buggies on a VW chassis were a whole new kind of automobile. The Burtons are a tribute to earlier times. They are 100% retro. The fact that they do not have an alloy V12 with double overhead camshafts under the hood of their hand-hammered aluminum body should not spoil the fun. The fact that the Burton is just a design of its own and doesn't do its best to resemble an illustrious predecessor is a definite plus. Because there is little that made us more sad than a Bugatti replica on VW chassis including Bugatti logo on the 'radiator'.
So the Burton
The result is an endearingly fast car weighing only 480 kilos. With that weight and the low center of gravity, a Burton is really not motorized with a 2CV block. Not to mention what a Visa block does with such a trolley.
On license plate, such a Burton can simply be a classic. In reality it is of course not, although the driving experience can just throw you 50+ years back in time. And for the people who do not want to build themselves, there are now just 'second-hand' Burtons for sale. Burton: more appearance than being, but very fun and affordable. Kind of a classic ...
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