1955 Swallow Doretti

Roadster

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1955
  • Mileage 
    73 542 mi / 118 355 km
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Interior brand colour 
    Pearl White
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Blue
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Spectacular 4-year Concours quality complete nut and bolt restoration

Rare & desirable 1955 Swallow Doretti Roadster

One of the last examples assembled by the factory

One of 276 examples produced; one of approximately 80 known to exist today

Multiple Concours appearances including the Concours d’Elegance of America at St. Johns and the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) Award winner

Original California car

Matching numbers engine!

Stunning color combination

Options Include:

Leather Seats
Knock-Off Wire Wheels
Doretti Stamped Wood Rimmed Steering Wheel
Cabin Heater

Excellent documentation including owner’s manual, tool kit, knock-off hammer, rare period brochure, side curtains, full tonneau cover, period California license plate, restoration photos, nearly $80,000 in receipts and more!

Quite possibly the best example in existence!

Tremendous investment potential

A collector’s dream!

The 1955 Swallow Doretti Roadster featured here is finished in stunning Pearl White over a gorgeous blue leather interior. This particular Doretti is one of the last examples built and reputedly sat in dry storage near Riverside, California for almost 50 years. Beginning in 2011, an extensive nut-and-bolt, Concours quality restoration was performed that took four years to complete. Since then, this Swallow Doretti has enjoyed numerous accolades including an appearance at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and an award from the Historic Vehicle Association at the 2016 Concours d’Elegance of America at St. Johns. An incredible amount of documentation accompanies this investment-grade motorcar including its owner’s manual, tool kit, full tonneau cover, side curtains, restoration photos and nearly $80,000 in receipts! We are extremely proud to offer this outstanding 1955 Swallow Doretti Roadster the most astute collector or investor who appreciates provenance, rarity and exceptional condition. Classic cars have proven to be among the most resilient and rewarding investments in recent years with the Historic Automobile Group Index (HAGI) jumping 39% in 2013, 16% in 2014 and 17% in 2015 while posting gains of 467% over the last 10 years. Ready to make an investment you can actually enjoy? Please contact one of our expert sales consultants for more information. They will be happy to give you a complete walk-around, supply you with a more detailed description, and answer any questions you may have. Trades welcome. Financing available. Buy with confidence.

HISTORY OF THE SWALLOW DORETTI
The Swallow Doretti was a product of the Swallow Coachbuilding Company, best known for their motorcycle side cars and their association with Jaguar before WWII. After the war, William Lyons sold the company to Tube Investments who quickly saw the demand for small sports cars because they had gained a share of the market that was previously dominated by motorcycle side cars prior to the war. In 1954, the Doretti entered production. The foundation of the car was a unique steel tube chassis that held Triumph TR2 running gear under aluminum body work. While the chassis itself bore a strong resemblance to the Triumph, it's construction was stiffer and noticeably larger. Drivetrain placement was pushed further back, which resulted in even weight distribution and smooth handling. Its aluminum body work gave the Doretti an ample power to weight ratio. Styling was penned by Frank Rainbow of Tube Investments who evoked the look of some early Ferraris with his front end treatment. The name Doretti was an Italianization Dorothy Dean, the daughter of importer Arthur Anderson, who also happened to be the Triumph distributor for Southern California. With stunning appearance, excellent handling and 100mph performance, the Doretti was praised by automotive enthusiasts. Due to pressure from Lyons and the rest of the British Motor Industry, the Doretti ceased production in 1955 with only 276 examples produced. With only approximately 80 known to exist today, the Swallow Doretti remains highly praised in vintage sports car circles and are highly sought-after by collectors.

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