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It was good to see my car pic­tured in your Clas­sic Ris­ers fea­ture ( CCW, 22 March). The Doretti is one of the few 1950s sports cars that, in my view, looks as good with the hood up as it does down, but I thought you’d like to see it with the hood down as it should be!

This be­ing Bri­tain, of course, shortly af­ter I took this pho­to­graph last sum­mer, the hood had to go up in a hurry in a rain shower. How­ever, this demon­strated its ad­van­tages over the big ‘Healey I was with. The Doretti hood went straight up but the ‘Healey’s hood and sticks had to be ex­tri­cated from the boot and as­sem­bled, by which time the in­te­rior was very wet!

As for Doretti prices, I ac­quired mine (and half of an un­restorable donor car which was the front part of one of two Doretti coupés) in 1998 for £1500. Though mine needed a full restora­tion, I don’t think I’ve done too badly. I be­lieve the back half of the coupé still sur­vives and will hope­fully reap­pear on an­other Doretti. What it will be worth, how­ever, is an­other mat­ter al­to­gether.

Peter Lock­ley, War­wick­shire

Peter Lock­ley’s 1955 Swal­low Doretti about to demon­strate why it’s bet­ter than a ‘Healey.

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