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Rolling, rolling, rolling..

According to a news report, Mr. Allen Swift (of Springfield, MA.) received this Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 Piccadilly 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. He donated the car 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.

Asked on 23 August 2011 by BN, via email

Answered by Honest John
Fantastic story. One owner for 82 years. But if you had a car like that why would you ever want anything else?
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