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Swallow Doretti History

  A brief history of the Swallow Coachbuilding Company that began its life as the Swallow Sidecar Company and eventually evolved into Jaguar Cars Ltd.  
  The Swallow Gadabout was a British motor-scooter that pre-dated the Italian Vespa and Lambretta scooters that became very popular in the 1950's.  
  Frank Rainbow the designer of the Doretti was a very competent and experienced engineer, who had worked for many years as a senior engineer at the Bristol Aircraft Company.  
  The Swallow Doretti is a rare 1950's British sports car designed by Frank Rainbow and built by the Swallow Coachbuilding Company of Walsall.  
  Monkspath Garage located in Shirley near Solihull, was a source of Doretti parts for many years after the factory ended the production of cars.  
  Kenmar Shirley - a fibre-glass special sold by Monkspath Garage, based on a Ford chassis and running gear. The vehicle was probably the first post-war kit car.  
  Dorothy Deen was the person who provided a lot of the energy that made the Doretti and Triumph sports cars a major success on the American west coast market.  
  The Swallow Doretti International Vehicle Register is a comprehensive archive of Doretti sports cars.
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