Via Autoblog, we have a man who owned his 1928 ROlls Royce for 78 years:
Mr. Allen Swift died in 2005 at the impressive age of 102, but his automotive story is even more remarkable. Not only is the gentleman credited with owning a Rolls-Royce automobile longer than anyone else in the world, but he had the forethought and funds to ensure its future preservation after his death.
In 1928, while living in Springfield, Massachusetts, Swift's father gave him a 1928 Rolls-Royce Piccadilly P1 Roadster as a graduation present (Springfield and Rolls-Royce have a history – from 1920 to 1931, the British automaker built 2,944 vehicles in the city as part of its attempt to establish a US plant). The young man was passionate about his green-over-green softtop convertible, not only driving it on a regular basis, but maintaining it meticulously over the decades (the two door-received a complete body-off restoration and engine rebuild in 1988).
I can't say as anyone in my family has ever come close to that amount of time on a single vehicle, although I believe I'm way ahead with mine, at around 24 years coming sometime this June. The Spousal Unit has had her Honda Civic for almost 18 years so we're both either very thrifty or just plain cheap. Well, scratch the cheap part, at least for me: If I counted up all the money I'd put into that car over the years I'd probably cry. In public.
Be that as it may, I did a little searching but couldn't find anyone else who'd owned their cars that long. So we put the question out to readers: How long is your longest-owned car?
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