<b>1955 Swallow Doretti</b><br />Chassis no. 1292<br />Engine no. TS5666

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1955 Swallow Doretti

Sold for US$ 131,600 inc. premium
1955 Swallow Doretti
Chassis no. 1292
Engine no. TS5666

1,991cc Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU Carburetors
90bhp at 4,800rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission with Overdrive
4 Wheel Drum Brakes
Independent Front Suspension – Live Rear Axle

*Exquisite, nut-and-bolt restoration
*The last recorded Swallow Doretti ever built
*Extremely rare, one of 276 produced, 80 in existence
*Excellent Sports car styling with aluminum bodywork


THE SWALLOW DORETTI

In an effort to capitalize on a growing U.S. sports car market, the Swallow Doretti was conceived by a group of sports car enthusiasts, including Dorothy Dean who sold sports car accessories through her Italianized brand name "Doretti." On January 6th, 1954 the completely new, tubular framed, aluminum bodied, handmade Swallow Doretti was delivered to Dorothy Dean, who proudly displayed it in the Embassy Room at the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California. The Doretti was an instant success and returned to the UK with a long list of potential buyers, production began later that year in Walsall, England, where an 18-man workforce managed to hand-build five cars per week.

While the name Doretti deliberately suggests Italian machismo, this car is a true-blue Brit, as is evidenced by a cursory glance under the bonnet. Comprising of an aluminum body over a tubular Moly chassis, the Doretti featured the reliable OHV TR2 engine, as well as the gearbox, rear axle, front and rear suspension, and most of the interior instruments and switches of that same model. The fenders were subtly flared, exuding an exotic racing stance, and were embellished with an appropriately Ferrari-style emblem, while the car actually offered all the reliability, simplicity, and availability of parts from the Triumph pedigree. American sports car enthusiasts were awed by the impressively throaty soundtrack, low-end torque, and race ready push-button start, a Swallow Doretti was "on the grid" at the inaugural SCCA sports car race held on September 10th, 1955 at Road America.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Chassis 1292 is believed, by marque specialists, to be the last recorded production Swallow Doretti ever built. Moreover, it is certainly one of the most exquisite examples of the estimated eighty remaining examples left. The car was owned by an Air Force serviceman, who eventually placed it in dry storage in Riverside, California, complete with black California license plates dated 1963. Untouched for almost 50 years, the car was finally sold by the gentleman's daughter in October 2010 to the current owner. As an original, complete, and rare example of the Swallow Doretti marque, it was submitted for a first-class restoration. Over a period of three years, the car was disassembled, refurbished, restored, and renewed as necessary, with meticulous attention to the preservation of its authenticity. The Body work was painstakingly performed by Belknap of Lake Barrington IL., while the interior and upholstery work was entrusted to Ogden Top and Trim, Berwyn IL., whose restorations have won at Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, and the coveted Platinum Award at Palm Beach's Cavallino Classic Show. The engine was rebuilt with bigger valves, thus allowing for larger SU carburetors and an overall upgraded driving experience. The final engine tuning and dyno work was performed by Barry Sale of PHP race engines Wauconda IL., resulting in a 25% increase from the stock rating. Invoices, correspondence with marque specialists, and records pertaining to the car since 2010 are available to the prospective buyer.

Upon completion, the owner entered the Swallow Doretti in several shows and won numerous awards, including Amelia Island Concours, The Milwaukee Masterpiece, The Geneva Concours, the Concours d'Elegance of America, where it was awarded the HVA "this car matters" award and an impressive "First Place" at the Vintage Triumph Register National Convention, held at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in 2015.

This lovely award winning Doretti is accompanied by the original owner's manual, tool kit, and period sales brochure, in addition to the original carburetors, TR2 cylinder head, convertible top, hood sticks cover and tonneau. The factory identification plate stating the chassis, body and engine numbers is still riveted to the body panel, assuring the discriminating collector that this is a matching numbers car.

As one of only 276 Swallow Dorettis built, and the last production chassis recorded, this superbly restored example is rare and highly collectible. It is indeed the finest example we have ever had the pleasure to offer.
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<b>1955 Swallow Doretti</b><br />Chassis no. 1292<br />Engine no. TS5666
<b>1955 Swallow Doretti</b><br />Chassis no. 1292<br />Engine no. TS5666
<b>1955 Swallow Doretti</b><br />Chassis no. 1292<br />Engine no. TS5666
<b>1955 Swallow Doretti</b><br />Chassis no. 1292<br />Engine no. TS5666
<b>1955 Swallow Doretti</b><br />Chassis no. 1292<br />Engine no. TS5666
<b>1955 Swallow Doretti</b><br />Chassis no. 1292<br />Engine no. TS5666
<b>1955 Swallow Doretti</b><br />Chassis no. 1292<br />Engine no. TS5666
<b>1955 Swallow Doretti</b><br />Chassis no. 1292<br />Engine no. TS5666
<b>1955 Swallow Doretti</b><br />Chassis no. 1292<br />Engine no. TS5666
<b>1955 Swallow Doretti</b><br />Chassis no. 1292<br />Engine no. TS5666
<b>1955 Swallow Doretti</b><br />Chassis no. 1292<br />Engine no. TS5666
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