1955 SWALLOW DORETTI – OVERDRIVE. Old English White with Tan Interior. Out of a total production of 276 vehicles, only 75 are thought to exist worldwide with possibly 25 residing in the UK. This magazine featured example is possibly the finest of all. Totally restored and uprated by TR Enterprises on a no expense spared basis. From a bare metal respray to a complete mechanical overhaul nothing has been left to chance. Built with Continental touring in mind the Spec includes ; Unleaded Head, Uprated Clutch, CWW, 3A Rear axle, Stainless Exhaust and Manifold, Front Disc Brakes, Heater, Tonneau Cover, Stainless Boot Rack, Alloy Fuel Tank, Etc. ‘Dotti’ is an exceptional Swallow and with examples such as this rarely coming onto the open market this is an opportunity not to be missed.
1954 Swallow Doretti s/n 1020, Engine no. S14815E Blue with Biscuit Leather The Swallow Doretti was designed and produced by the Swallow Side Car Company, founded by William Walmsley and William Lyons in 1922. In 1933 the automobile portion of the company became S.S. Cars Limited, later to evolve into Jaguar Cars Limited. In 1952, the parent company, Tube Investments, experiencing growth as an automotive parts supplier, determined that Swallow Coachbuilding could meet the growing American market demand for a new sports car. Interest was expanding in the UK as well, as seen in the early success of the Austin Healey and the Triumph TR-2. Based around a tubular Reynolds 531 Cromolly ladder chassis, the Doretti design featured a handsome Italian-influenced aluminum body with a large Ferrari-style front grill, sweeping front fenders and gently bobbed, distinctly British rear end. The name Doretti was inspired by American sales distributors Dorothy Dean and Arthur Anderson or Cal Sales Inc., where the Dorettis were first distributed. The Italian sounding name, was thought to assist in the marketing of these sporting new convertibles. When first released, performance proved to be quite br