Man drives a Rolls Royce for 77 years, spends 1M USD to ensure preservation

Mr. Allen Swift drove a Rolls Royce for 77 years and before he died he took care of the car's future preservation.

Mr. Allen Swift drove a Rolls Royce for 77 years and before he died he took care of the car's future preservation.

It was the year 1928 when Mr. Allen Swift received as a graduation gift from his father a 1928 Rolls Royce Piccadilly P1 Roadster. He drove the soft-top convertible for more than seven decades. During this long period he clocked more than 170,000 miles (273,588 km) and maintained the car accordingly. In 1988 the RR received a full body restoration and engine rebuild.

In 2005 he died at the venerable age of 102 but before he passed away he donated 1M USD to the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History to open up an exhibition to take very good care of the car. The vehicle is now being showcased in the museum's Transportation Collection.

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