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No image available Chassis No.1030  Kurt Oblinger
Location: California, USA

The car was rescued from a scrap-yard by Kurt's father-in-law and used for daily transportation until 1981 when it was badly damaged in an accident. The car actually belongs to Kurt's wife who received No.1030 as a gift from her dad in 1985.

Over the years Kurt met Dorothy Deen on a number of occassions. The first time was more than 20 years ago when Tom Householder managed to round up a couple of Dorettis and their owners and brought them to her house. For several hours Dorothy entertained the group with stories of Dorettis, TRs and sports cars in the '50s.


Chassis No.1032 Chassis No.1032  Thomas Jordan
Location: New Mexico, USA

Thomas Jordan acquired No.1032 from his father-in-law, David Reed of San Diego. David, the car's second owner, had bought the car in 1955 after the first owner had lost his license for driving his new Doretti at over 100 mph. Many miles and many years later when David became 80 years old he thought that the time had come to pass on the Doretti to his daughter Pam and her husband, Thomas.
For more about this car see San Diego Veteran.


Chassis No.1033 Chassis No.1033  Tom Sztochmal
Location: Illinois, USA

In March 2002 Bill Campbell acquired chassis No.1033 as a basket case having been wrecked circa 1980 and left under inadequate cover. However it was mostly there and Bill intended starting a restoration but the car has now been acquired by Tom.
Chassis No.1096 is also owned by Tom.


Chassis No.1035 Chassis No.1035  Michael Fatsi
Location: Virginia, USA

Michael has owned his Doretti since 1991 and it has been raced frequently in vintage sports car races on the US East Coast. The car was photographed during the 2nd Annual "Race at the Base" at Virginia Beach's US Naval Air Station Oceana, in May 2001. This popular event is a faithful modern-day attempt to recreate General Curtis LeMay's famous airport races of the 1950's. (Photo: Art Eastman)


Chassis No.1036 Chassis No.1036  Racing Box CV
Location: Belgium

This LHD light blue car with red trim was abandoned in the late '70s - moved to a field in Mariposa, California until 1992. At the last report it was for sale in Belgium. Requires complete restoration.


Chassis No.1037 Chassis No.1037  Stephan Koch
Location: Austria

The car with only 43K original miles showing on the odometer was rescued in 2008 from a garage in Berkeley, California by Michael and Norman Vogel. It's reported to have had just one previous owner and had no body damage and zero rust.
No.1037 was exported from the USA at the end of 2008 and Stephan bought the car from a Netherlands dealer at the Techno-Classic in April 2009. The car (pictured in the Styrian mountains), is still in its unrestored condition and drives very well.


Chassis No.1039 Chassis No.1039  Ray Bragassa
Location: California, USA

When Ray aquired No.1039 it was in a partially dismantled state, but the bodywork was generally sound and painted in a silver-gray shade. A full restoration of the car was completed over the course of eight months and nowadays he's out enjoying the balmy SoCal climes in a metallic burgundy roadster that attracts more attention than many exotic cars costing a whole lot more. Ray's pride and joy was featured in the June/July 2004 issue of Triumph World in an article by Andy Wilsheer. For more details and pictures of the restoration of this car see Andy Wilsheer's complete writeup in Walsall Wonder.


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