Allan Swift of Springfield Mass was 102 years old when he passed away, a remarkable feat in itself. Equally astonishing is the fact that he owned the same car for the 82 years prior to his death – astonishing that is until you discover it was a Rolls Royce.
Rollers have a mystique all their own, although even that venerated brand has had a few misfires in its past -I’m looking at you Silver Seraph and BOAC Comet engines. But the P1 Picadilly roadster wouldn’t be considered to join them, what with its custom coachwork and 7.6-litre straight six – so quiet that all you can hear is the clock. Received as a graduation gift from his father, the P1 served its owner for a remarkable 82 years.
Over that time, Swift only managed to rack up 170,000 miles on the Rolls, but you can imagine that each and everyone was memorable – albeit probably drafty. And that brings us to today’s conundrum, what car could you drive from nearly cradle to grave. Should you be so lucky as to live to see Al Roker announce your birthday on national TV, what long-term automotive partner would you have sitting in your garage?
Image source: [Bang Shift]