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

 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

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
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 29, 2012 9:40 am
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german_car_fan
I can tottaly imagine this guy in a mcdonalds drive thru in this thing. LOL
Dec 29, 2012 1:36 am
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alihijazi
interesting story
Dec 28, 2012 2:23 pm
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benzboy
great story. we should all have wonderful car stories to tell like this one RIP and I think you will!!!
Dec 28, 2012 10:56 am
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CDspeed
A lifetime spent driving a Rolls Royce roadster, what a lucky man. This story puts a smile on my face.
Dec 28, 2012 8:36 am
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Dude von Dudenstein
Nice graduation gift!
Dec 28, 2012 8:16 am
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CanOzcivelek
Isn't 273000 km is a really low range for an 80 year old car?
Dec 28, 2012 7:57 am
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ramkumar1308
Ya low by bombay taxi standards....but again this is a rolls....probably driven sparingly.....
Dec 28, 2012 10:17 am
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benz_man
80 years ago, most cars were toast long before they even hit 100K.
Dec 28, 2012 5:34 pm
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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 28, 2012 7:53 am
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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 28, 2012 7:49 am
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ash_UK
Wow! I love stories like this. RIP old timer (both of you) :)
Dec 28, 2012 7:29 am
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