Man drives a Rolls Royce for 77 years, spends 1M USD to ensure preservation

M. Allen Swift with the 1928 Rolls Royce Picadilly P1 Roadster
M. Allen Swift with the 1928 Rolls Royce Picadilly P1 Roadster

Donation made to a museum

Mr. Allen Swift drove a Rolls Royce for 77 years and before he died he took care of the car's future preservation.

It was the year 1928 when Mr. Allen Swift received as a graduation gift from his father a 1928 Rolls Royce Piccadilly P1 Roadster. He drove the soft-top convertible for more than seven decades. During this long period he clocked more than 170,000 miles (273,588 km) and maintained the car accordingly. In 1988 the RR received a full body restoration and engine rebuild.

In 2005 he died at the venerable age of 102 but before he passed away he donated 1M USD to the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History to open up an exhibition to take very good care of the car. The vehicle is now being showcased in the museum's Transportation Collection.

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GTurbo GTurbo
An American Gentleman in love with an English Gentleman's carriage; this type of story inspires Hollywood hits! A proper worldcarfan! RIP Mr Swift! Rolls Royce should dedicate a model to this gentleman for such painstaking lifelong passion alone!
Dec 29th, 2012 4:40pm
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german_car_fan german_car_fan
I can tottaly imagine this guy in a mcdonalds drive thru in this thing. LOL
Dec 29th, 2012 8:36am
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alihijazi alihijazi
interesting story
Dec 28th, 2012 9:23pm
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benzboy benzboy
great story. we should all have wonderful car stories to tell like this one RIP and I think you will!!!
Dec 28th, 2012 5:56pm
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CDspeed CDspeed
A lifetime spent driving a Rolls Royce roadster, what a lucky man. This story puts a smile on my face.
Dec 28th, 2012 3:36pm
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Dude von Dudenstein Dude von Dudenstein
Nice graduation gift!
Dec 28th, 2012 3:16pm
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CanOzcivelek CanOzcivelek
Isn't 273000 km is a really low range for an 80 year old car?
Dec 28th, 2012 2:57pm
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ramkumar1308 ramkumar1308
Ya low by bombay taxi standards....but again this is a rolls....probably driven sparingly.....
Dec 28th, 2012 5:17pm
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benz_man benz_man
80 years ago, most cars were toast long before they even hit 100K.
Dec 29th, 2012 12:34am
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MadAboutCars MadAboutCars
Never underestimate a man's love for his car. Further kudos to him considering the background he came from. I wonder if he had any other cars although I won't be surprised if he didn't... For the love of Rolls (p.s. might consider owning a Rolls for extended life span).
Dec 28th, 2012 2:53pm
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Cohiba-lover06 Cohiba-lover06
I want to be buried in my precious 1983 Turbo Innocenty! Oh, wait: I do not have it anymore. It was MY graduation gift from daddy dearest. There was already rust under the bonnet in the showroom, 2 years later it literally fell apart from rust and various mechanical ailments. Fortunately by that time I hat my 1st Alfetta GTV. Held up even worst.
Dec 28th, 2012 2:49pm
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ash_UK ash_UK
Wow! I love stories like this. RIP old timer (both of you) :)
Dec 28th, 2012 2:29pm
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