Mr. Allen Swift died in 2005 at the impressive age of 102, but his automotive story is even more remarkable. Not only is the gentleman credited with owning a Rolls-Royce automobile longer than anyone else in the world, but he had the forethought and funds to ensure its future preservation after his death.

In 1928, while living in Springfield, Massachusetts, Swift's father gave him a 1928 Rolls-Royce Piccadilly P1 Roadster as a graduation present (Springfield and Rolls-Royce have a history – from 1920 to 1931, the British automaker built 2,944 vehicles in the city as part of its attempt to establish a US plant). The young man was passionate about his green-over-green softtop convertible, not only driving it on a regular basis, but maintaining it meticulously over the decades (the two door-received a complete body-off restoration and engine rebuild in 1988).

Rolls-Royce acknowledged Mr. Swift in 1994, awarding him a crystal Spirit of Ecstasy award for his length of ownership. By 2005, Swift had logged more than 170,000 miles on its analog odometer and he was recognized as the oldest living person to have owned a car from new. He passed away that year.

But the story doesn't end there. Swift left the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History a $1 million gift to create a new exhibition to care for his roadster and tell the story of Rolls-Royce manufacturing in the Massachusetts town. Today, Mr. Swift's beautiful Piccadilly P1 Roadster is prominently displayed in the museum's Transportation Collection.


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      foobar
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome story. It's sad that it's a one way love affair. For all that Mr. Swift did for his Rolls-Royce in life and in death, you would think Rolls-Royce would at least make a matching donation to the museum. Harley Davidson or any other automaker would have stepped up. Considering the price of today's Rolls-Royce, you would think they will pay to preserve one of their own history.
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      In the pic... They look like best friends... RIP
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      cds9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sure, this guy had rich parents. But they seem to have done a good instilling pride in ownership and the values of caring for and respecting what you have. Seems a fine young man to me. :D
      joe.fatala
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is more interesting than all the crap about Hillary!
      Loving Day Diane
      • 1 Year Ago
      The ignorance of some people amaze me. Listen to the older generation, they have a story to tell. The young generation these days are dropping like flies and no story's at all. Cheers to our Senor Citizens and God Bless them all.
      Dan and Molly
      • 1 Year Ago
      nice to read an article in which someone wasn't killed. great car with a great history.
      Toronto St. Pats
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is a beautiful and real story.
      Mark Roberson
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am fortunate enough to have two '60s era cars that were bought new by the family and I will pass on to my kids. They, and the Rolls in the article, are more than just cars but a testament about our culture. Americans have a love with things mechanical and the story shows that with proper care, these beautiful machines can and will faithfully serve their owners for a lifetime and beyond.
      rocketmoose
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love stories like this. Brings a smile to my face.
      Peter DePriest
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know it wont happen, but that is the kind of car owner I want to be. Love hearing stories like this
      vuldown2
      • 1 Year Ago
      what a beautiful old car..... awesome....
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