Allen Swift - 78 years old went to the same Rolls-Royce
After World War I, Rolls-Royce, a British luxury car manufacturer, moved its manufacturing center to the United States, as demand for their cars was high there. The company chose the city of Springfield, Massachusetts, as the location for the plant because of its highly skilled workforce. As a result, over ten years in the 1920s, 3,000 luxury cars were produced at the Springfield plant.
Allen Swift from West Hartford, Connecticut, was known for his dedication to the M. Swift & Sons family gold leaf business. Swift was born in 1903 and grew up in an era when the automotive industry was just emerging. So the young man had a quite understandable interest in cars. At the age of 24, Swift purchased his first car Franklin 1917. His second car was the Marmon. The third and last car was the one that made Swift a legend among Rolls-Royce collectors, the Phantom I of 1928.
Rolls-Royce was a gift from his father for his 26th birthday in thanks for Swift's decision to stay in the family business,thereby allowing the two younger brothers to fulfill a dream and go to college. The father of the family told Swift to choose any car he wanted. He chose Rolls-Royce, confident that this is the best machine made by human hands. He was even more convinced in his conviction by visiting the plant in Springfield.
Allen Swift recalls in an interview in 2003 that someone advised him to go to the factory. He was impressed with the quality of work and the number of tests carried out before the car was released.
Car Franklin 1917 release.
After buying the car, Swift visited the Springfield factory several times, bringing his iron friend to the service. The American not only carefully followed Rolls-Royce, but also did not allow him to wither away, leaving him somewhere every day until 1958. Swift also traveled long distances, and in 2003 it was calculated that the car traveled a total of almost 277 thousand kilometers.
Allen Swift owned a 1928 Rolls-Royce release longer than anyone else. In 1994, Rolls-Royce Motors even presented him with an award - the Crystal “Spirit of Ecstasy”, the symbol of the brand (the same figure that adorns the hood of cars).
Two months before his death in October 2005, Swift helped the Springfield Museum buy a building to house a museum of innovation. Today there is a museum of urban history, where now stands, proudly gleaming, Rolls-Royce Phantom I.