Car Catcher: A One-of-276 Swallow Doretti

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What’s a Swallow Doretti? You can read the long answer here, but the short answer is that it was a British roadster built by Swallow Coachbuilding Company and mechanically similar to the Triumph TR2. It’s reported that only 276 were built during its limited production run from 1954-’55.

This 1954 Swallow Doretti—No. 208 of 276—is a right-hand-drive example that originally went home to a small town outside of Glasgow, Scotland. The Doretti changed hands and countries a few times before ending up in the care of the consignor in 2008.

Powered by the same 1991cc inline-four found under the cowl of the TR2, this Swallow Doretti reportedly benefited from a later “frame-off, nut-and-bolt restoration” from a Post Falls, Idaho-based specialist named Lynn Martin of Forever Healeys.

This example won at the 2013 Hilton Head Concours and 2019 Amelia Island Concours events, and it will include its awards as well as a history file, toolkit, period paraphernalia and a photo album that documents the 1999 restoration in the sale.

Finished in black over a dark red interior, this 1954 Swallow Doretti is going across the block—offered without reserve—at RM Sotheby’s upcoming Amelia Island auction.

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Woody (Forum Supportum) MegaDork
2/24/21 2:12 p.m.

That's much better looking than a TR2.

wspohn SuperDork
2/25/21 10:38 a.m.

When I disassembled mine I found that Swallow had rectified all of the weak points on the Triumph chassis - there is quite a list including rear shocks that would tear  off the frame etc.  Guess they had better designers than Triumph used.

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