The Swallow Doretti

By Peter Lockley

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The Swallow Doretti is a British sports car built by the Swallow Coachbuilding Company of Walsall.

It consists of Standard-Triumph TR3 mechanicals in a chassis built by Tube Investments, clothed in glass fibre bodywork.

The Doretti was designed by Frank Rainbow a very competent and experienced engineer, who had worked for many years as a senior engineer at the Bristol Aircraft Company.

It was named after Dorothy Dean who provided a lot of the energy that made the Doretti and Triumph sports cars a major success on the American west coast

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About 290 Dorettis were built, around one third of which survive or have been rebuilt.

As they are powered by Standard built components, Dorettis qualify for membership of the Standard Motor Club, but there is more information about them in the Swallow Doretti Register, part of the TR Register.

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