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.