This is a very rare ‘50s British sportscar – the Swallow Doretti was the only car built by Swallow Coachbuilding Company (1935) Ltd and was made for just 2 years, between 1954 and 1955. Intended for export to the U.S. market, it is believed only 276 cars were made and well under half the original production number still exist.
Based on the Triumph TR2 - using that car’s mechanicals – it was designed to provide a more refined two-seater British sports car than was available in the U.S. at that time and was of sufficient build quality and performance to have been considered a serious rival for the Jaguar XK120.
This car was first registered in March 1955 and there is no known or documented history prior to its importation to Guernsey in 1990. The current owner has had the car since 2008 and has simply carried out regular servicing and maintenance to keep the car in a good drivable and presentable condition.