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Brisbane’s First Rolls-Royce Turns 100

Michelle Jansen, David Vann and Mark Jansen After Naming Rita the Rolls-Royce

The very first Rolls-Royce delivered new into Queensland by an area supplier celebrated its one centesimal birthday final Sunday and at last obtained a reputation – Rita!

If Grandma was alive at this time, she would have been very happy with our title alternative! Rita the Rolls-Royce has a particular ring about it.”

— Michelle Jansen

BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA, October 11, 2023 / — The very first Rolls-Royce to be delivered new into Queensland by an area supplier celebrated its one centesimal birthday in advantageous type to Devonshire tea and scones final Sunday. Mark and Michelle Jansen, house owners of Brisbane-based boutique traditional automobile dealership, Oldtimer Australia, have owned chassis quantity ‘67H8’ since 2015. The birthday bash was held at Oldtimer Australia’s personal showroom in Brisbane the place lots of the 100 company wearing theme. Classic crockery, background jazz music, tea, and home-baked scones set the scene, with stunning automobiles and an eclectic assortment of automotive memorabilia finishing the image.

‘67H8’ has a wealthy and interesting historical past. As was the customized with many Rolls-Royce motor automobiles ‘again within the day’, the rolling chassis was shipped to its vacation spot (on this case Australia) prepared for an area coachbuilder to suit a physique. The manufacturing unit data affirm that the rolling chassis was accomplished on the Rolls-Royce manufacturing unit on the thirty first of Could 1923. Peels Ltd of South Brisbane was commissioned to physique the automobile and it was accomplished in a sublime tourer type. Apparently, this was the one and solely Rolls-Royce bodied by Peels Ltd.

‘67H8’ was bought new by Brisbane Rolls-Royce distributor, Brisbane Motors, to Mr Tom Winterbottom, who was the licensee of the well-known Lodge Carlton in Queens Road, Brisbane. He was a preferred man, a buddy to many, and in addition a philanthropist. The Lodge Carlton was the place the place Brisbane’s excessive society indulged. Given Winterbottom’s standing in the neighborhood, his buy of the very first Rolls-Royce to be bought by newly the appointed distributor was most newsworthy. A lot so, that Winterbottom and ‘67H8’ discovered their method onto web page 14 of The Brisbane Courier on Wednesday ninth July 1924.

The automobile handed by means of a variety of house owners, together with well-known classic automobile fanatic George Gilltrap, of Gilltrap’s Gold Coast Auto Museum fame, and Brisbane-based businessman and Rolls-Royce fanatic David Vann. A previous proprietor to Vann restored ‘67H8’ within the mid-1990’s.

Fittingly, Mrs Jansen determined to offer the grand outdated woman a reputation on her one centesimal birthday. In remembrance of her grandmother, who was additionally a centenarian, ‘67H8’ was named ‘Rita’. “If Grandma was alive at this time, she would have been very happy with our title alternative!” stated Mrs Jansen. “Rita the Rolls-Royce has a particular ring about it.”

The get together concluded at noon sharp, at which period a convoy of classic automobiles and different classics, after all, led by ‘Rita’, drove in convoy to the Brisbane Motor Museum on Nudgee Street in Banyo. ‘Rita’ is featured in one of many museum’s present automotive exhibitions: ’99 Years of British’ which can run by means of till the twenty seventh of November 2023.

Mark Jansen
Oldtimer Australia
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