Cars and Owners
Chassis No.1249 was bought by Van Laurn of San Luis Obispo, circa 1964, from an Ontario,
California newspaper advertisment. Information about the Swallow Doretti, with the
California licence plate LXN 432 is sparse, but there is an interesting back story.
..(Info: Tom Householder)
Van Laurn worked as a bus-boy in the Coffee Shop of the Madonna Inn located in San Luis
Obispo, California. When the owner took ownership of a female lion cub, Van accepted the
assignment to feed and care for the lion, whom they called The Dutchess.
Even after Van no longer worked at the Inn, he would feed the lion, take her on walks, and
play with her up in the hills. A rock house had been built by the owner for the lion and
she lived there until the day she died of old age.
..(Information from Phyllis Madonna)
The next report of Chassis No.1249 occurred in August 2014 when a LA car dealer, the Beverly
Hills Car Club, advertised the car for sale at $29,500.
In 2019, Chassis No.1249 appeared in France, having been acquired by Francis Loefler of
The following year, Chassis No.1249 was offered for sale at €65,000 by Sarl FCE of Huttenheim, France.
(Image: Phyllis Madonna)
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