PNB 999 was a "completely derelict wreck before car enthusiasts John and Vivienne Machon had this Doretti fully restored. John owned a Swallow in the 60s and regularly took it hill-climbing up Le Val des Terres. He sold it after three or four years but had since been hankering to add a Doretti to his seven car classic collection.
Peter Landers, a friend with a car restoration business had the remains of a Doretti in what is affectionately known as "the graveyard" at the back of his premises, Marksdanes Classic Cars in Shepton Mallet, Somerset. He told John he could have the remains for nothing and, after a bit of haggling, it was decided to rebuild the car. The restoration took two men nearly a year working full-time but virtually everything was rebuilt in this time.
The Machons tax and insure all their cars and use them whenever they can, but despite a low mileage mint Jaguar
E-Type and an XJS, a TVR , and a Ferrari replica in their collection, they both consider the Doretti the
... Richard Allisette - Guernsey Press
Reported by CH in 1997.
A past US owner was Paul Borel of California. Reported by TRH (1987) to have been sold and shipped from USA to Sri Lanka circa 1977.
The Doretti was bought by Daniel McMindes (second owner) in 1976, he drove it once then dismantled the vehicle at 65K miles.
Vehicle reported to be in very good condition in 1991.