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08-17-2011 06:15 PM

One for the Books ! Man Owned & Drove Same Car for 82 YEARS
Can you imagine having the same car for 82 years!
“How Long Have You Owned a Car?”

Mr. Allen Swift ( Springfield , MA.) received this 1928 Rolls-Royce
Picadilly P1 Roadster from his father, brand new – as a graduation gift in 1928.
He drove it up until his death last year… 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)...

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#1 posted 08-17-2011 06:18 PM

I gues the saying of buy quality and you only have to buy once applies here.

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#2 posted 08-17-2011 06:26 PM

David, that’s one fine looking car. Now, that’s what you need for these road trips that you keep making and you can just put your tool box in the rumble seat and Buddy can just ride in the passenger seat looking like a sho nuff big dawg. Both of you put your son glasses on and smoke a nice cigar while your at it and that will be what they call traveling in style.

Glad to have you back home, David, I’m sorry I haven’t PM’d you yet I’ve had some problems the past week at the plant but I’ll get to ya good buddy.

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#3 posted 08-17-2011 06:29 PM

It would be interesting to know what this car is valued at today. That is definitely getting your moneys worth!
My toyota suv or my ford e150 will never see 82 years of life unless they are placed in a museum today. The only time my vehicles ae dead silent is when the engine is turned off and parked in the carport.

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#4 posted 08-17-2011 06:38 PM

I wonder if he had to Buckle Up? :)

Nice looking car!!

That guy did pretty good!

Rolls Royce cars must be good for you! :)

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#5 posted 08-17-2011 06:40 PM

That is friggin awesome. What a car.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 08-17-2011 07:00 PM

How on earth could he find maintenance parts for such an old car, to have driven it so many miles over such a long period of time?

The longest I ever owned a car is 8 years. We bought a loaded 1996 Saturn SL2 new, and my ex took it when she left in ‘04…. I sure do miss that car…

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#7 posted 08-17-2011 07:05 PM

How cool is this! Thanks for sharing David…

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#8 posted 08-17-2011 07:17 PM

I am over 27 cars at 53 yrs old….And I think there’s another 4 or 5 I don’t remember.

How could anyone look at the same dashboard for 82 years???? Did they have radio’s

in the cars back then?

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#9 posted 08-17-2011 07:23 PM

dbhost said, “How on earth could he find maintenance parts for such an old car,”.
Perhaps the point is that those old Rolls don’t need parts.

I once heard a Rolls owner, on safari in Africa, hit a gully and broke an axle.
Rolls sent a mechanic with a replacement axle, and had him on his way the next day.

Upon his return home, when he asked what was the charge for the service call, Rolls told him he must be mistaken. It’s impossible to break the axle in a Rolls-Royce.

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#10 posted 08-17-2011 07:25 PM

^huge lol, crank. I love that story.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 08-17-2011 07:34 PM

Thanks for this post David. An amazing car and engineering feat. It seems the owner got the most out of his car and the most out of his life. Having good genes and a rich father probably helped a lot.

I gave my 20 year old Volvo (now 23 years old) to my son 3 years ago. He has moved to Sweden and is still driving it daily. We joke that it went back home to die. Actually though it is still in great shape and easily passed the bi-annual Euro safety inspection before he left for Sweden just 2 weeks ago.

I think this story also somewhat relates to tools. If you buy really good ones, they will last a long time and give you better results. Personally, with just a couple of exceptions I never felt I could afford the best, but those exceptions have really made me think twice.

I hope the heat isn’t getting you down there in NM.

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#12 posted 08-17-2011 07:58 PM

Patron, we were just talking about NM yesterday. I only lived in Albuquerque for a year but I miss the pinion nuts on the side of the road. I also miss Hot Tamales, a little restaurant in Rio Rancho.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#13 posted 08-17-2011 08:07 PM

I have a 1986 Suzuki Intruder I bought in 89 still riding today and a 1987 F-150 my wife is trying to get me to get rid of (still purrs like a kitten) I told her I would sell it, but as I try to put it on craigslist, I am finding I can’t bear to part with it!

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#14 posted 08-17-2011 08:10 PM

But does it still have that new car smell
Or just grey coupon?

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#15 posted 08-17-2011 08:11 PM

Now THAT’s not going to stimulate the economy much ;-)

-- -- Neil

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