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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

                                                                      For the Interest of Cro

I tried to email this story and pic to a follower that I thought would like it.Unfortunately the pic did not go through.I finally figured out how to save the pic to get it here...blonde I am!!!
A grand old man and a grand old automobile.

Can you imagine having the same car for 82 years?I guess it was no longer under warranty...
Mr. Allen Swift ( Springfield , MA.) received this 1928 Rolls-Royce Picadilly P1 Roadster from his father, brand new - as a graduation gift in 1928.( I wonder if he had to work at odd jobs to put himself through school.)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.  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 cosmetic condition. (82 years)That's approximately 2000 miles per year...   

How absolutely amazing is that!
This is a story that would not exsist in our lifetime again, in our throw away world,cars would never last that long again.

Sometimes stories come along that are just wonderful, can you imagine how excited he must have been as a young man the day he got it,how many times in all those years he lovingly polished the car,and how carefully he would have looked after it.
Hope you have enjoyed the story as much as I did,short and sweet though it is.


  1. Oh boy! I can see why he didn't change it for a Mini. If I had a car like that I'd do the same.... even if I don't live to be 102!!

    Thanks again Carole. Bisou, Cro.

  2. Yay!! Carole well done! told you it would make a brilliant blog xxx

  3. Wow! What a car! Just shows you they don't make things like they used to! I love that photo too - it's true what they say that every photo DOES tell a story!!! :)

  4. You can't beat a classic car!

  5. If only there were more men like that now!

    Thanks for your comment on my patchwork.

    This is my fourth patchwork project, my first I very lovingly made entirely by hand! I hand embroidered my name and the date on it.
    I'm hoping to make my own rubber stamps, so this may be a way of marking my quilts in the future.

    Just wanted to say good evening as its nearly time for bed here!

    Clare x