This 102 years old man in the photo below drove the same car for 77 years – a 1928 Rolls Royce Phantom I.Born in 1903, M. Allen Swift of West Hartford, Connecticut, received at the age of twenty-five this 1928 Phantom I S273 FP from his father, brand new – as a graduation gift. This particular Rolls Royce was built in Springfield, MA by Rolls Royce of America, where 2,944 vehicles were produced.
M. Allen Swift owned his 1928 Rolls-Royce longer than any other Rolls owner. In 1994 Swift was presented a crystal Spirit of Ecstasy award by Rolls-Royce Motors for holding the record of the longest ownership of one of their automobiles.Just two months before his death in October 2005, he donated $1 million to the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History to create a new exhibition to care for his roadster and tell the story of Rolls-Royce manufacturing in the Massachusetts town. It’s now on display in a Springfield Museum Transportation Collection. So, if you are nearby Springfield, don’t miss the opportunity to see M. Allen Swift’s impeccably maintained 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I and other exhibits at the Springfield Museum in Massachusetts.