|From Tom Householder:
"I may have uncovered
the Binney Allied Doretti. This is a Cisitalia-looking
fiberglass body reported built by a man in the Modesto area. Portholes
similar to 50's era Buick were reported on the coupe top quarters according
to my report of the car in the mid 70's sitting in Redwood City.
The car was taken from a salvage yard in Modesto about ten years ago .
I keep looking at the Eaves body
you commented on and wonder if this might have been the car we are talking
about that was revamped as a coupe? I haven't seen pics of
the Doretti chassis'd car yet but am told it looks like a Cisitalia 2002d."
From Ron Cummings:
"Notice the stripped shirt?
That's Eric Hauser driving the car, that would soon become Old Yeller,
at Paramount Ranch. I do not believe Max ever drove that car at Paramount.
Max usually drove his black Doretti-Buick at Paramount Ranch. Eric
was the actual owner of the Morgensen, Balchowsky-Buick, Old Yeller etc...
Max started driving the car when Eric began owing Max money for his mechanical
From Kurt Oblinger:
"Here is some info on
the Allied bodied Doretti that recently surfaced in Modesto. The car has
been purchased by a friend of mine, Isidro Martinez, and is now
here in LA. The car uses a Swallow Doretti chassis with fabricated
structures front and rear to mount the Allied body. The chassis has been
modified in a number of interesting ways.
First, there are a large
number of lightening holes drilled in several chassis members as well as
the pedal box and the pedal levers. Additionally, an Andrex friction shock,
possibly from an MGTD, has been mounted to each side of the chassis just
aft of the front suspension and acting on the lower a-arm. A sway bar has
also been added to the front suspension. The front brakes have had cooling
holes drilled in the backing plates and around the circumference of the
face of the backing plates and the drums. All of the lightening holes are
drilled and precisely
spced. The engine and trans are missing as is all the glass, instruments,
wiring and almost all of the interior.
A quick mention should
be made of how this car was found. The car had languished in a front yard
for over 20 years and the owner decided to sell at the urging of his landlord.
The seller's brother was interested initially and contacted Tom Householder
in Ohio. Tom is the Doretti vehicle consultant for the Vintage Triumph
Register and has gathered a tremendous amount of information on Dorettis
over the years. I met Tom after I inherited my Doretti in 1985. The info
we had initially said the body on the car was an Atlas body and resembled
I had recalled seeing
ads for a Cisitalia styled body by Allied and started doing some research.
A Google search gave a hit on Tam's Old Race Car Site and the Mystery
Cars page where there was a mention of an Allied Doretti raced by Bill
Binney. Neither Tom nor I had ever heard of this car. Further digging by
Tom produced the Alan Kuhn photo and it then became apparent that the car
in Modesto could be the Binney car. Luckily, I had a friend who was very
interested in '50s racing specials and he was able to buy the car."