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Old 16 August 2010, 10:44 PM
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Default 102 year old man with an 82 year old car

Comment: This has to be a record for car ownership! Mr. Allen Swift
(Springfield, MA.) received this 1928 Rolls-Royce Picadilly P 1 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 from new. Just thought you'd like to
see it. He donated it to a Springfield museum after his death. It has 170,000
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 2000 miles
per year...

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Old 17 August 2010, 07:05 AM
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Haven't seen any car/owner relationships as long as this, but at a recent country show there were quite a few very elderly cars that had been owned by the same person since new though quite a few of those were now driven by a descendent of the original owner. Some were immaculate and the bodywork and interior were all original rather than restored. One only had 7000 on the clock - I think it was only used for going to church and it goes to shows on a low loader (not insured or taxed to be driven on the public highway).
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Old 17 August 2010, 09:41 AM
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"dead silent at any speed"

I'm thinking not.
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Old 17 August 2010, 10:03 AM
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The story seems to be legit*: In 2006, Mr. Allen Swift donated $1 million and his Rolls-Royce to the Springfield museum (press release). It became the founding stock of the Museum of Springfield History.

*well, "legit" in the sense that there was a Mr. Allen Swift who owned a Rolls-Royce for a long time. "Last year", however, means "2006", and that makes the time of ownership 78 years (1928 - 2006), not 82 years (1928 - 2010). And he donated it to the museum before he died, not after his death (which would have been difficult, anyway).

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Old 17 August 2010, 10:35 AM
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And he donated it to the museum before he died, not after his death (which would have been difficult, anyway).
Why would it be difficult? It just needs to be a term in his will that it's donated to the museum. The will would be implemented after his death therefore the donation itself would be after his death.
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Old 17 August 2010, 11:40 AM
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Than it's maybe my lacking knowledge of the English language. To me, "to donate" would mean an act between living persons (or entities), while giving something in the will would be "to leave" or "to device".

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"dead silent at any speed"

I'm thinking not.
Well, not if you count the screams of motorists and pedestrians on or near the same roadway.
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Haven't seen any car/owner relationships as long as this, but at a recent country show there were quite a few very elderly cars that had been owned by the same person since new though quite a few of those were now driven by a descendent of the original owner. Some were immaculate and the bodywork and interior were all original rather than restored. One only had 7000 on the clock - I think it was only used for going to church and it goes to shows on a low loader (not insured or taxed to be driven on the public highway).
We still have my mom's 1958 Bel Air that she bought new in late 1957. It mostly hangs around in the garage waiting for funds to fix it up, but makes the occasional trip up and down the road. We hang onto everything forever.
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