The August/September 2001 issue of British Car, a US car magazine, has an excellent Doretti article by Bill Farr
of Surrey Motorsports. For about 20 years Chassis No.1079 languished in a Detroit garage until Bill was asked to
consider the viability of restoring the car. Accident damage to the front and rear of the car together with the
usual rust problems involved a considerable amount of work to both the steel and the aluminium panels.
Mechanically, the car was completely overhauled and the interior trim was totally replaced. A missing radiator
grille surround was handmade from sheet brass and all other chrome items re-plated. The proud owner, Ronald Harper
of Atlanta, Georgia, now has a car that should attract lots of attention.
One of the most noticeable traits of a Doretti owner is his or her willingness to personalise their car,
consequently I cannot ever recall seeing an original car. Every car seems to have had something added, modified,
or just removed because the owner thought it would improve the car. Frequently I see classic car owners obsessed
with originality, polishing their prized possessions that are only distinguishable from similar models by their
colour and registration number.
Many years ago, a friend of mine explained that cars could have a character the moment they are built.
or the lack of it is in the hands of the designer. On the other hand a new car does not have a personality.
Personality is a quality that develops over time and during a relationship with its owner. The willingness of a
Doretti owner to allow the car to acquire a personality is reflected in the individual nature of each vehicle and
the very strong attachment that many owners feel towards their Doretti. I have never seen two Dorettis alike,
car is distinctive and a celebration of individuality over conformity.
Don't forget that if you would like your Doretti featured on the website, you can send pictures and
information to me at E-mail:
Finally, remember that anything you try to fix will take longer and cost more than you first thought.
... Ken Yankey
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