Man Drives Same Rolls-Royce For 78 Years
You can’t take it with you. Isn’t that the expression people always use when they want your stuff after you drop dead? Mr. Allen Swift knew he couldn’t take his 1928 Rolls-Royce Piccadilly P1 Roadster with him to the afterlife, but he made sure it was well taken care of after they tossed him into the ground.
Rolls-Royce acknowledged Swift’s passion for his car and in 1994 awarded him a crystal Spirit of Ecstasy award. By the time of his death, Swift had logged more than 170,000 miles on its analog odometer. He was recognized as “the oldest living person to have owned a car from new.”
Swift died in 2005 at the age of 102, but before he took his final spin around the block he made plans for his 28′ Rolls, a graduation gift from his old man, and donated the car and a $1 million dollars to Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History to preserve the car. The condition of the deal was that the museum would build a wing to display the classic ride and tell the story of the Rolls-Royce plant that once occupied the town.