1955 Swallow Doretti Roadster / 11101110 Vehicle Information

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti photograph

1955 Swallow Doretti1955 Swallow Doretti1955 Swallow Doretti1955 Swallow Doretti1955 Swallow Doretti
Roadster
Chassis #: 11101110
Engine #: TS2878E
Sold for $90,200 at 2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall.
Sold for $61,600 at 2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction.
Sold for $84,000 at 2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction.
Dorothy Dean sold sports car accessories through her Italianized brand name 'Doretti.' Dean, along with a group of sports car enthusiasts, wanted to capitalize on the growing and lucrative U.S. sports car market. On January 6th of 1965, the new tubular frame, aluminum-bodied, handmade Swallow Doretti was delivered to Dorthy Dean, who put it on display in the Embassy Room at the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California. The vehicle was well received and numerous orders were placed, spurring production to begin later that year in Walsall, England, where a workforce of 18 individuals hand-built five cars per week.

The Doretti had an aluminum body over a tubular Moly chassis and powered by an overhead-valve Triumph TR2 engine. Other components were sourced from Triumph including the gearbox, rear axle, suspension, and many of the interior instruments and switches.

This Doretti, chassis number 1110, is a well-maintained, older restoration example that was acquired by a young man from Boise, Idaho in about 1974. After he was killed in action in Vietnam a short period later, the car sat for a period of time before being sold to a family friend. The new owner returned the car to running condition and drove it on a regular basis. The next owner put the car into storage and it is believed he never drove it. Bob Carpenter of Caldwell, Idaho acquired it in the mid-1980s and began the process of restoring the car from the ground up.

The car is finished in Shoal green paintwork with red cockpit rails and top. There are knock-off chrome wire wheels, chrome trim pieces, Blackwall radial tires, red and black upholstery, and red pinpoint vinyl top. It has dual side-view mirrors, a heater, brake drums which are painted a shade of red similar to the top, and an engine from a later TR3A from 1957 with S.U. carburetors and a rare Doretti-branded alloy valve cover. The engine is backed by a four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2020


2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $100,000-USD $125,000 
Sale Price :
USD $84,000

2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $100,000-USD $125,000 
Sale Price :
USD $61,600

2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall

Sale Price :
USD $90,200

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
 

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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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