An outstanding collection
Frank has discerning taste in cars
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SOLICITOR Frank Carroll discusses his motoring memories, past and present for our weekly My Ride series on classic, vintage/veteran and modified vehicles.
Are you a vintage/veteran or latest model lover?
These days, I prefer veteran cars.
What was your first car or motorbike?
A 1967 Morris Mini Deluxe sedan.
How much did the car cost?
It was second-hand for $600.
What is your fondest memory of a car or drive you took in it?
Driving to Melbourne from Brisbane and back.
What is your current vehicle?
I have 18 cars, ranging from a 1927 Rolls-Royce new Phantom Limousine through to late-model Mercedes Benz ML 320 CDI cars for daily drives.
What do you love about them?
The diesel Mercedes SUVs are very economical cars, easy to drive and park, very adaptable for carrying goods or passengers. My favourite car of those in my custody is the 2007 Rolls-Royce Phantom VII Saloon. This car is a rare spec, one of only 20 in the world, of the “Bespoke Phantom Pearl Collection”.
It’s an eye-catching luxury car, with leather everywhere and inlaid mother-of-pearl, champagne fridge, movie library and other features.
Do you work on your own car or get it maintained at a garage/by the manufacturer/specialists?
I and my handyman attend to basic maintenance and restoration of older vehicles, while I leave that to skilled mechanics for the later models. The cars are maintained carefully, with trickle chargers to keep batteries fresh.
What will your next car/bike be?
I’m very content with the present collection, but would like to add a late model Bentley GTC, if I found a spare $150k.
If you could buy any vehicle in the world, what would it be?
The latest model RollsRoyce Phantom VIII full-size luxury saloon, for about $900,000.
GLEAMING BEAUTY: Frank Carroll and his 1951 MG YA Saloon which is part of his collection of fine car acquisitions.