Car driven by its owner for 83 years

Rolls royceHow 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 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 condition. (82 years)

Thanks Gene

29 thoughts on “Car driven by its owner for 83 years”

  1. Dear Springfield Museum. I’m an up and coming pimp in the NYC area and am currently getting no respect from my bitches. Please find enclosed $500 in fives’ and three 40oz. bottles of my fair cities finest malt beverage. This should cover the cost of that fly a$$ ride. I’ll be up monday to pick it up- please remove old man smell. Sincerely, Big PaPaMan Esq.

      • …and you are the reason why my gay friends hate others that put “blame” for the reason why you turned gay. You don’t “choose” to be gay… idiot.

          • Well, then that means if gay is a choice, then by inductive reasoning I can tell you that being straight is then a choice itself, so whose to say what is right and what is wrong? So lets stop arguing, this article is about a beast-ass car! Most people cant get 2000’s cars running for longer than 3 years.

          • To Canne……

            If you can’t stand the heat, then don’t play with matches……..(I know I said it wrong)
            Anyways why do you think that just because I replied to “meh” that I wanted to argue, I did not flame anyone or curse or use any derogatory(sp) language. I like to debate with ppl, if you feel that is still arguing, you are entitled to your opinion. Last but not least being straight is a choice, the right one.

  2. HEY my hometown!!! He’s standing next to a bank on Main Street where i used to work. Coolness!

    Trivia bit: Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) is also from Spfld and referenced a few places around town in some of his books.

  3. Not so impressive when you think about it. If daddy had the dough to gift him with that car, he had the dough to treat it well. It’s not like he ever had to park it outside or drive it to and from work every day.

    It would be interesting to see a complete service history over its 82 years. No matter how you baby it, there are things that are just bound to wear out during 170,000 miles using 1928 technology.

  4. Love the story, and the car. If you look at the various antique and classic vehicles that are at shows, at auctions, in many Clubs, you’ll know about the Rolls-Royce Club. Their members are around the world, have access to loads of original parts, manuals and fellow members that will help keep these vehicles in top shape. Same as the Model A Ford Clubs, Mustang Club, British Motor Clubs, etc.

    A warning: there’s a Facebook entry about an “Ira Stadlen” (January 16, 1924 ? April 18, 2010), known professionally as Allen Swift, was an American voice actor, known for playing characters including Simon Bar Sinister on the Underdog cartoon show. Swift was married to actress Lenore Loveman, and is the father of character actor, mimic and singer Lewis J. Stadlen, holistic health practitioner, Maxime Stadlen and psychotherapist, Clare A. Stadlen. He lived in Manhattan.

    This description confuses readers away from the information posted here. I suggest further supporting history be added, to this article, to help clarify the “Springfield” Allen Swift from the “Manhattan” entry.
    Enjoy the story, there’s a lot more ‘old folks’ that still own their first car(s).

  5. Not very many miles in that many years. It doesn’t say as much about a car when it never leaves the garage. Now if it had over 300,000 miles on it and still ran great, then I would have some respect for the outdated engineering. But even better if it had been the only car Mr Swift had owned, and he drove it 40 miles to the bank every day at 60 MPH!

    • I would imagine he put that in his will or else he directed his heirs on his wishes and they carried through. (But it does sound funny.)

  6. I think I’m going to print this story and carry it around so I can drag it out every time someone gives me grief about how long I’ve held onto my old bus.

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