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Old 10th December 2010, 15:53   #1
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Default Oldest Living Owner of a car since new ('28 Rolls Royce)

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Mr. Allen Swift of Springfield , MA received this 1928 Rolls-Royce Piccadilly P1 Roadster from his father, brand new - as a graduation gift in 1928. He drove it up until his death at the age of 102!!! He was the oldest living owner of a car from new. He donated it to a Springfield museum after his death. It has 170,000 miles on it, still runs like a Swiss watch, dead silent at any speed and is in perfect cosmetic condition.
As with anything we're sent, we researched the information 'cause sometimes folks don't let the truth stand in the way of a good story. We can say that Swift, who died in October of 2005 at the age of 102, was presented a crystal Spirit of Ecstasy award from Rolls-Royce at their Annual Meeting in 1994 in recognition of owning his green Phantom I longer than anyone in the world had ever owned an individual Rolls-Royce.
We can also say that the Springfield Museums did received a gift of $1,000,000 from Mr. Allen Swift to purchase the Verizon building in Springfield for the purpose of creating a new history museum, and then donated his 1928 Rolls-Royce knowing the museum would house it and be the basis of their transportation collection. The man obviously loved this car.
From 1925 to 1931 a little over 1200 Phantom I's came out of the Rolls-Royce Springfield, MA plant and of those, only about 50 were made with the Piccadilly Roaster body style. Add on that it was a single owner car for all of its life makes this Roller quite rare.
We can't confirm that the car was a graduation present from Swift's father or that it's in perfect cosmetic condition at 170,000 miles and running like a Swiss watch. As to the fact that it's dead silent at any speed...well who would want it to be.
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Hey nice story man.. He was surely a true car lover.. People have owned their cars for long durations but this is a very special example. This guy made sure that even after him the car would be well cared for..
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Wow, indeed a true lover of this magnificent beauty.

He made sure that this car will live after his death too.Hats off to Mr. Allen Swift.
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Good info Manish, thanks. How I wish we could stick on to one vehicle for life and guard it throughout.
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Default 102 year old man with 82 year old car

Just received this in a forwarded email. Don't know how much this is true.

Apparently, Mr. Allen Swift, who passed away at the age of 102, was driving the same car for 82 years, a 1928 Rolls-Royce Piccadilly P1 Roadster, a graduation gift from his father. This is the longest car/owner relationship.

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