1955 Swallow Doretti Roadster / 1292 Vehicle Information

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

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Roadster
Chassis #: 1292
Engine #: TS5666
Sold for $131,600 at 2018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge.
The Swallow Doretti, in an effort to capitalize on the growing United States sports car market, was conceived by a group of enthusiasts including Dorothy Dean who sold sports car accessories through her Italianized brand name 'Doretti.' The United States debut, on January 6, 1954, was in the Embassy Room at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California. It was displayed courtesy of Dorothy Dean's 'Cal-Sales.' These cars were raced with limited success most notably by Max Balchowsky whose early Buick powered Buretti was said to have influenced Carroll Shelby, who later stuffed a Ford motor into an AC chassis.

Designed by Frank Rainbow and built by Swallow Coachbuilding Company of Walsall, England, the Doretti Swallow is well known for their years of attention to detail and quality fit and finish. Just 2933 Doretti's were produced. Though only built for two years, the Doretti made extensive use of Triumph TR2 parts but was certainly more stylish and had considerably better performance than their Triumph sibling.

Sports car enthusiasts might remember the name 'Swallow' from their Jaguar interests. In fact, Swallow coachbuilding began with the first 'SS' which later became Jaguar. Most of the Doretti production was shipped and sold to the United States. Remarkably, a majority of the cars produced still exist today.

This is one of the last Doretti Swallows produced, being car number 292. It is an exceptionally rare numbers matching example restored in its original colors. This car was found in California still wearing its original 1963 California black license plate.

The car was owned by an Air Force serviceman who later placed it in dry storage in Riverside, California. It rested untouched for nearly half-a-century. It was later sold by the gentleman's daughter in October of 2010 to its current caretakers. The car was then given a restoration that took three years to complete. After the work was completed, it was shown 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 a 'First Place' at the Vintage Triumph Register National Convention, held at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in 2015.

This Swallow Doretti is one of just 276 examples built and the last production chassis recorded. Power is from a 1,991cc inline 4-cylinder engine fitted with twin SU carburetors and produces 90 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual transmission with overdrive and four-wheel drum brakes.


2018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $125,000-USD $175,000 
Sale Price :
USD $131,600

1955 Swallow Doretti Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1955 sales)
1955 Swallow Doretti
Chassis#: 1110
Sold for USD$84,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
1955 Swallow Doretti
Chassis#: 11101110
Sold for USD$61,600
  2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction
1955 Swallow Doretti
Chassis#: TS1110
Sold for USD$90,200
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
1955 Swallow Doretti
Chassis#: 1292
Sold for USD$131,600
  2018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
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1955 Swallow Doretti Sports
Sold for USD$41,053
  2017 Anglia Auction
 
1955 Swallow Doretti Sports Two-seater
Chassis#: 1150
Sold for USD$86,763
  2016 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1955 Swallow Doretti Roadster
Chassis#: 1246
Sold for USD$76,383
  2016 Bonhams : Zoute Sale
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1955 Swallow Doretti's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Swallow Doretti1954 Roadster
Chassis Num: 1208
Engine Num: TS4288E
Chassis information for the Swallow Doretti1955 Roadster
Chassis Num: 11101110
Engine Num: TS2878E
Chassis information for the Swallow Doretti1955 Roadster
Chassis Num: 1292
Engine Num: TS5666


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