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  1. Hi Dan, This Doretti appears to be the next one off the production line after your car. Ken
  2. David, It does appear that it is correct that Monkspath Garage did experiment with building a fibreglass body on a Doretti chassis. In 1981 a "readers letter" from a Peter Jones, published in C&S, stated that circa 1957, he went with his father and brother to Monkspath Garage to look at a Kenmar (later called a Shirley). The "demonstrator" they were shown was built on a Swallow Doretti chassis. According to Peter, it was painted gloss black, had full depth doors with no sills below them and was fitted with fold-down windscreen which looked tacked-on. Ken
  3. Vehicle identity and history unknown to me. Vendor not presently volunteering any information. Ken
  4. Swallow Doretti owners, past, present and future are invited to meet-up at 1.00 pm on both Friday and Saturday (9th &10th Nov) on the TR Register stand at the NEC Classic Car Show. Contact Alan Gibb for more information.
  5. Early-type TR2 radiator, without starter hole.
  6. Hi Dave, Was the swapmeet at Tappen? I bought some useful bits and pieces there a couple of years ago. Did you get to Drakes Motors and talked to Bill, if you visited Kelowna? Ken
  7. Don, I'm just wondering if you knew Ed DeBrecht who was a Triumph dealer in Saint Louis. He contacted me back in 1991 after reading a Doretti article in C&S magazine and we exchanged a few letters. I am now getting round to updating a short item about him and thought you might be able to add some local Triumph-related info. Ken
  8. Alec was very much involved in the Swallow Doretti Register in its early days. More recent owners might be interested in an short article on the Doretti, written by Alec in 1994 which can be seen on the Doretti website at www.doretti.co.uk/nr1252-00.htm Ken
  9. Baby Tenax stud dia. = 5/32" Standard Tenax stud dia. = 3/16"
  10. The internal dimensions of a baby Tenax button and a standard Tenax button are different. A standard Tenax button will be a very loose fit on a baby Tenax stud, but a baby button will not accept a standard stud. Ken
  11. Doretti owners, past, present and future are invited to meet up at 1.00 pm on Friday and Saturday at the TR Register stand during the NEC Classic Show this weekend. KY
  12. Does anyone recognise this Doretti with an unusual side exhaust? Ken Yankey
  13. Originality enthusiasts may be interested in the following observations. The Triumph TR2 engines fitted to the first fifty production Swallow Doretti sports cars (Chassis No.1001 to 1050) were numbered in the range TS 310E to TS 1188E. Pre-production Swallow Doretti 717 CRF, Chassis No.100-RH, the factory race-car, was built with Engine No.TS1E confirmed by the chassis plate and logbook, while 720 CRF, Chassis No.SAC105X-7 was originally fitted with Engine No.TS4E, again confirmed by the chassis plate and the logbook, which contradicts the opinion that this engine was installed in the prototype TR-engined Morgan Plus Four. Another pre-production Doretti in California, Chassis No.146X-1 is reported to have Engine No.TS6E installed, although no documentary proof has yet been seen. The evidence seems to point out that there was an extremely close relationship and co-operation between Sir John Black of Standard-Triumph and Eric Sanders the managing director of Swallow Coachbuilding. Ken Yankey
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