Tuesday, 14 May 2013
A Bygone Era
Most of my generation were brought up to respect our personal material items because after the war our parents had little, if any, spare money to buy them.
Some people were more 'lucky' than others and came from wealthier households, but that didn't mean they did not cherish their belongings in the same way as those with fewer.
Can you imagine even having the same car for 82 years though?
Let me introduce you to an American, Mr Allen Swift. Mr Swift received the 1928 Rolls-Royce Piccadilly-P1 Roadster (pictured with it above), from his father, brand new, as a graduation gift in 1928.
He drove it up until his death last year - at the age of 102.
He was the oldest living owner of a car that was purchased new and it was donated to a museum after his death.
It has 1,070,000 miles on the clock, still runs like a Swiss watch, dead silent at any speed and is in perfect cosmetic condition. That's approximately 13,048 miles a year (1087 a month).
That's British engineering of a bygone era. I don't think they make them like this anymore. As well as losing much of our renowned engineers we have also lost the ability to produce quality. Is it because we no longer respect quality or is it because people today don't recognise it?