One for the books

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…at the age 0f 102. He was the oldest living owner of a car from new. He donated it to a Springfield museum after his death. It has 170,000 miles on it, still runs, dead silent at any speed and is in perfect cosmetic condition. (82 years). That’s approximately 2000 miles per year.


'28? I hope Allen wasn’t crank starting that Monster at 100 years old. (Maybe they had starters by then?)

Probably. I seem to recall that Henry Leland, the founder of Cadillac, offered the first self-starting car shortly before WW 1 in the Model 30.

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IIRC, Rolls-Royce included a Hindu hand-Cranker in the options package.

Later adapted for home entertainment.

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