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Seller Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Car Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Seller Type: Veteran Collector
1 to 6 Grade Condition: 3+
1955 Swallow Doretti
Coachwork: Swallow Coachbuilding Co

 

08/2015 e-Auction Estimate: $55,000 - $70,000

 

Chassis Number: 1001
Engine Number: TS550E
Engine: 1991 cc 4 Cylinder
Dual SU Carburetors / 90 bhp
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Four Wheel Drum Brakes
Mileage: 87,538 Showing on Odometer

 

  • 1 of only 276 Ever Built
  • Serial Number 1001
  • Rare Piece of British Automotive History


 

The Model -  After being sold by Jaguar and eventually ending up in the hands of Tube Investment Group, a company that supplied automotive components to automakers like its Jaguar, Swallow Coachbuilding Co set about building sports cars. The first and only model to be produced by the company would be named in honor of the manager of the western United states dealership, Dorothy Deen.  The Doretti would use a tubular Reynolds 531 chromoly later chassis.  Mechanical would consists of Triumph TR2 components.  The aluminium body was designed by Frank Rainbow with a little help from the lady in America, Dorothy Deen.  The Doretti’s performance seem to make the people at Jaguar hiss, as the threatened to stop buying components from the Tube Investment Co if they continued to produce such a competitive sports car.


The Car - Not a show car but a well maintained driver. Its red paint was laid in an older restoration, but remains lovely and with still great luster today.  As a collection piece this limited production roadster is one of just 276 and presents extremely well and as a collector car is a fabulous example.  The black interior is complete and correct ready for many more miles to come.  The engine shows the patina of a true driver's car functional and honest, because it is occasionally taken out on the open road.  Its obscure and allusive nature make this roadster not just sporty and fun but collectible in the purest sense of the word.

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