“How Long Have You Owned a Car?”

The following story is not Saab related but it arrived in my in box and I wanted to share it with you and then ask,,, What’s the longest you have owned a Saab? Me, well we have had our black 9-5 Aero Estate for 11 years, so far.

Allen Swift owned and drove the same car for eighty-two years.

Allen, of Springfield, Massachusetts received this 1928 Rolls-Royce Piccadilly-P1 Roadster from his father, brand new —– as a graduation gift in 1928.

He drove it until his death last year…..at the age of 102  !He was the oldest living owner of a car that was purchased new.

It was donated 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.

That’s British engineering of a by-gone era.

tomik71
Member
2 years 5 months ago

There is a special partnership between a man and his rumbling toy every now and then. I will certainly not beat Allen, however me and my 99T have been partners for last 17 years. A long time ago, I said, I would donate it to a museum when the time comes (if they want it) 🙂 .

saabyurk
Member
2 years 5 months ago

I would be so envious except for the fact that he’s dead.
Anyway, all articles I find say 170,000 miles, not the 1,070,000. According to truthorfiction, the million miles was part of an email eRumor. Still, 77 years (1928-2005), that’s some love affair.

Hjelle
Member
2 years 5 months ago

My 12 years partnership with my 900T16 (and 30 000km’s) is nothing compare to this… :p

DUTCH900C
Member
2 years 5 months ago

In years Mr. A. Smit get the record for longest time driving the same car, but driving 3.000.000 miles in the same car, that is about 4.800.000km, from 1966 up to 2014 is something else and that is what mr. Gordon have done in a (sorry for all SAABlovers) Volvo P1800. http://www.google.nl/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=5&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CDoQFjAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.today.com%2Fnews%2Fman-drives-record-3-million-miles-same-1966-volvo-8C11307586&ei=aWJEU6esKobSObPegIgK&usg=AFQjCNE4z2Eno2OwNEJRzOnTVOAoSVrveg&bvm=bv.64367178,d.ZWU .
I own a SAAB 900 Classic i’ve bought in 2001 and which has drove ±535.000 km when it was stored in 2009.

99turboman
Guest
2 years 5 months ago

He certainly kept his carbon footprint low! Longest ownership of any car is my 99 turbo combi. 20 years this year.
🙂

Trued
Member
2 years 5 months ago

My Saab 96 MonteCarlo V4 -1966 came in my possession in 1986 (adds up to some 24 years).

Jesse Crandle
Member
2 years 5 months ago
I’ve had my ’02 9-3 for 3 years this summer, but I honestly plan on keeping it as a daily driver forever. I’m quite mechanically inclined, and the motor was new when I got it, it’s had about 9,000 miles put on it (my work was only 3 miles from my home). I anticipate the parts for this will run out long before I’m ready to get rid of her. I also have an ’86 SPG I plan on restoring to good condition, I adore how the old 900s feel. Since the SPG is literally my dream car I’d probably… Read more »
maanders
Member
2 years 5 months ago

I am still driving my 2000 9-3 (purchased new) as my daily driver for 14 years. It was my first Saab, and until it becomes unreliable or more expensive to repair than new car payments, I cannot see parting with it. 🙂

LarsG
Member
2 years 5 months ago

I have long way to go to compete with Allan Swift. I still have my 900 Cab -97. I bought it new and have had it for 17 years in june.

Piet-Hein S.
Member
2 years 5 months ago

hm….how long have i owned my car..i think the cars i owned the longest were a brand new 2003 Renault Clio 1600 (4yrs/65000km) after i lost my trust in the (then) all new Mégane II. my 9000 CD Griffin (got it in 2009 and drove 20k with it, till last January), and my 9000CC (bought it in 2009 for €125. @138.000km) and is now @ 151.750km…next in line will be the RHD MY98 9000 CSE Anniversary (200k mi/320k km) i drive now.

Roland
Member
2 years 5 months ago

Only 5 years. SAAB 900i -85 four doors sedan, white. Lovely car.

Johnny Johansson
Member
2 years 5 months ago

I bought my Sonett III in 1981, 33 years ago, and I still have it. I wish I will live as long as Mr. Swift, and be able to drive my 9-3 Convertible Independence Edition till the end, that will be 39 years.

Ed Lorenz
Member
2 years 5 months ago
Bought my ’73 99 LE on Halloween Night of ’78. That makes 36 years of me! A fine motor car, although slow. Had a very nice 500-mile drive going to and from Swedish Car Day last year in Boston. Nice photos were taken of it by Hemmings and Autoweek. (thank you) They both made it look MUCH better than it really is! (thank you!!) It has not been very far west of here, but has been from southern Florida, to the far tip of Nova Scotia. And here in upstate New York, our 2014 driving season will start soon. Yippee!!!!!
David Dallimore
Member
2 years 5 months ago

Bought my 99T 2 door back in 1981 and still have it.

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