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1954 Swallow Doretti

1954 Swallow Doretti in On the Beach, Movie, 1959 IMDB

Class: Cars, Racecar — Model origin: UK

1954 Swallow Doretti

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle


peekay64 NL

2007-09-01 17:32


My initial thought would be an Austin Healy 3000, but the image is very blurred

Sunbar UK

2007-09-01 17:36


Looks more like an AC Ace to me but very hard to say definitely.

chris40 UK

2007-09-01 17:53


Why not a Doretti? I don't see any reason why it shouldn't be, and there must be some reason why doretti.com took an interest.

Sunbar UK

2007-09-01 18:54


Yes, a Swallow Doretti is probably a better match for the details visible.

antp BE

2007-09-01 22:17


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peekay64 wrote I think it's the same Swallow Doretti as in the other unknown picture.

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peekay64 wrote Could this also be the same Swallow Doretti
The other car is a very blurred image of the Mercedes 300SL, if you look at the very obvious striping that runs over the car...

Sunbar wrote The black one is the Swallow Doretti again :).


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-- Last edit: 2007-09-02 21:28:36

Bebert FR

2007-09-02 08:52


New make! :)
Pour la petite histoire: Moteur, boite de vitesse, et pont sont d'origine Triumph TR2. Le châssis et la carrosserie (toute en alu sauf les portes) sont assemblés et conçus par un carrossier de Waldall (comté de Stradfordshire). Production: 276 ex.

chris40 UK

2007-09-02 16:51


>Swallow Doretti
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Swallow Doretti made a 2 seater sports car based on the Triumph TR2 between 1954 and 1955.

The company name came from Swallow Coachbuilding Co. (1935) Ltd. which was sold in 1945 by Jaguar formerly S.S. Cars Ltd. to the Helliwell Group which was taken over in 1946 by the British conglomorate the Tube Investments Group (TI).

The first and only model produced by Swallow under TI ownership was the Doretti which had a tubular Reynold 531 Cromolly chassis with a body made of a steel inner skin and aluminium outer. Most cars were supplied with overdrive and they were capable of 100mph. 276 cars were made including a single fixed head coupe version. The car was designed by in-house engineer Frank Rainbow, and produced in the TI factory at the The Airport, Walsall, Staffordshire, England.

Production stopped in 1955 when the parent company TI changed policy. Pressure from the British motor industry, most notably Jaguar itself, lead to the cease of production of the Doretti. It is thought that the Directors of TI were convinced that continued production of the Doretti sports car placed TI in direct competition with their customers for raw materials creating a serious conflict of interest.>

Voici la grande histoire, Bebert. A partir de 1974 Walsall se trouve aux West Midlands.

fsheff US

2010-04-19 23:02


Seems to me Dorothy Dean was in on the importation of the Dorettis; she was a cog in the Southern California Road Racing machine in the 1950s, and likely to have been a source for a movie vehicle. I'm not sure Max Balchowski (Ol' Yeller builder/driver) would have made a conversion available for the filming, but he did seven Buick-into-Doretti implants, and one of his customers might have ponied-up, so to speak. There's one visible in the second photo on this page: http://home.roadrunner.com/~fsheff/palmspr4.htm .

vilero ES

2010-05-25 18:54


Changed main pic
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And this three new thumnails. It's the number 9
[Image: 244460-OnTheBeach57.jpg] [Image: 244461-OnTheBeach58.jpg] [Image: 244504-OnTheBeach55.jpg]

-- Last edit: 2010-05-25 19:52:31

trhouse US

2010-11-03 20:45


I have considerable histories on Doretti cars . This is one of Max Balchowsky's Buick engined conversions and is him driving the car for the movie backdrop. I welcome any information on Doretti cars. Max normally raced with the number 70. The number 9 on the Doretti and I assume the other numbers of cars in this backdrop are simply an application for the filming of this staged race sequence. Doretti.com

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