The first production Swallow Doretti, was given to Sir John Black. Unfortuneately the car was badly damaged in an accident and returned to Swallow Coachbuilding in November 1953. More information about this car can be found in the The First Production Swallow Doretti article.
This Swallow Doretti located in Utah for many years still looks to be in
excellent condition. Ardell Brown a past owner of the car says that,
"I purchased the car in 1979 from a man named Ken Halderman in Salt Lake City,
Utah. He had inherited the car from his brother who had actually purchased it
new in Los Angeles. According to some pictures that I have, the original
color was white. When I got the car it was a dark green. I have since
painted the car red, as it appears in the pictures."
... Information from Ardell Brown
More details about the car can be found in the An Early Production Swallow Doretti article.
Hayden Taliaferro was the first owner of Chassis No.1002 and later owned by Michael Moore of Arizona, circa 1970. The car was disassembled and the chassis lost in fire, but the body survived and reported to have been mounted on a Triumph TR3 chassis. ....(Info: TRhouse)
Peter Greatbach acquired this very early Swallow Doretti in May 2021. The car has at least one paint job and it looks like the original color was dark green. It's also got front and bonnet mods, no bumpers or strips on the side. Peter says he can trace it back to the mid-60s in CA. (Info: Peter Greatbach)
According to Tom Householder, Chassis No.1006, a red car with a black interior was
originally sold in Columbus, Ohio to Paul Wiggins by Bob Salzgabber's Motor Mart.
Paul subsequently sold the Doretti to Gene Oberley of Cincinnati. After Gene moved to
Los Angeles the car was damaged, repaired and then sold, circa 1961.
Vehicle may still exist. ....(Photo: TRhouse)
Alan Simon's pride and joy was featured in the Spring 2000 issue of
Moss Motoring in an article by Albert Escalente.
A previous owner of the car was Al Stephens.
For further information about the restoration of this car see Albert's complete writeup in A California Restoration.
Doretti chassis with no engine or transmission, but fitted with an American fibreglass
Reported by Bob Lee in February 2005. For more details about this car see The Binney Allied Special.