|This open two-seater coupe was produced by Swallow Coachbuilding Co. between 1954 and 1955. It is a sports car based on the Triumph TR2. The Doretti was the first and only model produced. It has a tubular chassis with a body made of a steel inner structural skin and aluminum outlet. Production was halted in 1955 after 275 (possibly 276) cars were produced. World wide, only about 80 Doretti chassis are known to exist.|
This is a numbers matching Swallow Doretti with chassis number 1208. The designer was Frank Rainbow. It has a hand built aluminum body by Panelcraft. The Chrome-Moly tubular steel frame is by Swallow.
The engine, number TS4288, is a 90 horsepower, 2-liter, 4-cylinder Vanguard. The engine and running gear are by standard-Triumph. The top speed is 100 mph. It cost $3,295 (US) when new. A lady dog breeder in Glasgow, Scotland was the first owner.
The car is powered by the water-cooled, side cam, inline 4, 1991cc (2-liter) engine, with two overhead valves per cylinder, developing 90 horsepower with a top speed of about 100 mph.
The current owner, while a 1955 student at Robert E. Lee High School, had a white Swallow Doretti with a black interior.
The chassis number 1208 has never been modified for racing and is considered the most 'as original' restored example of the few Doretti's in existence.Also photographed at :Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance >> Sports and GT Cars (Post War-1957)