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Allen Swift

Allen Swift

Allen Swift

When I was 16, I inherited my mom’s old car, a 1982 silver Honda Civic. I was thrilled, and drove the car until after I graduated from college, got my first job, and could afford a new one. I loved my little Civic, and took very good care of it, keeping up with all the regular maintenance and even springing for the premium gas on occasion (it’s okay to laugh at that – I didn’t know better). When I sold it, it was still running perfectly, and my heart sank a little as I watched its’ new owner happily drive away.

Allen Swift

Having that emotional connection to my first car helped me relate to the story of Mr. Allen Swift, who loved his car so much that he drove it for 82 years. That’s right: Mr. Allen Swift, of Springfield, Massachusetts, received his 1928 Rolls-Royce from his father as a graduation gift. It was a green Phantom 1, and he drove it until he was 99 years old and he donated to the Springfield Museums. It had 170,000 miles on it, and local legend has it that the car still “ran like a Swiss watch, dead silent at any speed”.

Mr. Swift died in October 2005 at age 102. If you would like to visit his car, you can – go to The Springfield Museums website for more information.

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