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  1. Is anyone able to confirm the chassis number of a red Swallow Doretti, last registered in the UK as SNH 707. The vehicle was reported to have been sold at auction to a Dutch car collector in 1988. Any information would be most welcome. Ken Y
  2. The brass throttle quadrant is homemade.
  3. David My solution to the linkage problem on a Doretti with twin H4 carburettors, was to use a MX5 throttle cable as shown. Ken
  4. Cyril Harvey: September 21, 1929 – July 25, 2019 Cyril Harvey passed away Thursday, July 25, 2019 at the age of 89 years. He was born in Essex in September 1929. He left school at age 14 and tried his hand at various jobs until called up for National Service in 1947 when he joined the RAF. After he finished his National Service he was employed by the Radiological Protection Service. In 1964 Cyril first met Ella when she worked at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Surrey and they subsequently married in 1965. Cyril bought his Swallow Doretti, VEH 266, (Chassis No.1146) from his cousin, David Sharp in 1963. Over the years Cyril restored the Doretti to a brand new condition and derived much pleasure in attending rallies and events where he would meet other Doretti owners and became friends with Frank Rainbow the Doretti’s designer. He also persuaded his work colleague David Bartlett to buy a Doretti, UVT 429 (Chassis No.1153) which David still owns and drives on a regular basis. Cyril’s Doretti achieved national fame in 1987 when it appeared in the men’s magazine, Mayfair, Volume 22, No 8. Over the years, Cyril Harvey's service as the Swallow Doretti Registrar for the TR Register were an essential contribution in preserving the marque Swallow Doretti. Cyril retired at age 60 in December 1989 and enjoyed a retirement of almost 30 years when Ella and Cyril enjoyed the company of many friends. When Cyril’s sports car days were approaching their end, he gave his Doretti to his second cousin David Scholes who he knew would continue to give it the love and care that it deserved.
  5. Hi Pete, For more information about the Doretti, take a look at this website: www.doretti.co.uk Ken
  6. +1 for the revision. Ken Yankey
  7. Hi Dan, This Doretti appears to be the next one off the production line after your car. Ken
  8. 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
  9. Vehicle identity and history unknown to me. Vendor not presently volunteering any information. Ken
  10. 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.
  11. Early-type TR2 radiator, without starter hole.
  12. 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
  13. 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
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