When Swift passed away at the age of 102 in October of 2005, it was his desire that somebody take control of the tradition of this vintage car and keep it in running condition. This took some preparation and thanks to the efforts of a network of antique automobile collectors Swift and the Springfield Museum company started negotiations in 2002 to return the Rolls to the city where it was developed. In the 1920’s the British-based Roll-Royce business had a plant in Springfield, MA where 2,944 cars were produced.
2 months prior to his death, Swift contributed $1,000,000 to the Springfield Museums to acquire the Verizon Building in Springfield so that it might be redesigned into a brand-new history museum for the neighborhood. The museum opened in 2006 and happily shows Swift’s Rolls Royce together with a collection of other automobiles and Indian bikes.
In 1994 Swift was presented a crystal Spirit of Ecstasy award by Rolls-Royce Motors for holding the record of the longest ownership of among their cars.
Can you imagine even having the very same automobile for 82 years?
He drove it up till his death in 2014 … At the age of 102!!!
He was the earliest living owner of an automobile that was bought brand-new. Simply believed you‘d like to see it. It was contributed to a Springfield museum after his death.
Mr. Allen Swift (Springfield, MA) got this 1928 Rolls-Royce Piccadilly-P1 Roadster from his dad, brand name brand-new– as a graduation present in 1928.
It has 1,070,000 miles on it, still runs like a Swiss watch, dead quiet at any speed, and remains in the best cosmetic condition. (82 years). That’s roughly 13,048 miles annually (1087 monthly)…
1,070,000 that’s miles, not kilometers !!
That’s British engineering of a bygone age. I do not believe they make them like this anymore.