Owned and Drove the Same Car Since 1928-Truth!
Some Details Inaccurate!
Summary of the eRumor: This is a forwarded email with
a photo of an elderly man standing in front of a classic
Rolls Royce. The email alleges that the man is Allen Swift of
Springfield, Massachusetts who owned and drove this car from
the day he bought it to the day he died.
eRumor is true but some of the details are wrong.
The man in the photo is Allan Swift of West Hartford, CT and the car he
posed with was his 1928 Rolls Royce Phantom I, which he bought new and
drove for close to 77 years. This according to a
January 30, 2006 press release by the
Springfield Museum in Massachusetts.
When Swift died at the age of 102 in October of 2005 it was his wish
that someone take over the legacy of this classic car and maintain it in
running condition. This took some planning and thanks to the
efforts of a network of antique car collectors Swift and the Springfield
Museum organization began negotiations in 2002 to return the Rolls to
the city where it was built. In the 1920's the British based Roll Royce
company had a plant
in Springfield, MA where 2,944 vehicles were produced.
Two months prior to his death, Swift donated $1,000,000 to the
Springfield Museums to purchase the Verizon Building in Springfield
so that it could be remodeled into a new history museum for the
museum opened in 2006 and proudly displays Swift's Rolls Royce along
with a collection of other cars and Indian motorcycles.
In 1994 Swift was presented a crystal Spirit of Ecstasy award by
Rolls-Royce Motors for holding the record of the longest ownership of
one of their automobiles.
Posted May 6, 2013
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Can you imagine even having the same car for 82 years?
Mr. Allen Swift ( 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 last
year ... At the age of 102!!!
He was the oldest living owner of a
car that was purchased new. Just thought you'd like to see it.
It was donated to a Springfield museum
after his death.
It has 1,070,000 miles on it, still
runs like a Swiss watch, dead silent at any speed and is in perfect
cosmetic condition. (82 years). That's approximately 13,048 miles per
year (1087 per month)...
1,070,000 that's miles not kilometers!!
That's British engineering of a bygone
era. I don't think they make them like this any more.