An out­stand­ing col­lec­tion

Frank has dis­cern­ing taste in cars

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS -

Grab the My Ride poster in to­day’s Mo­tor­ing

SOLIC­I­TOR Frank Car­roll dis­cusses his mo­tor­ing mem­o­ries, past and present for our weekly My Ride se­ries on clas­sic, vin­tage/vet­eran and mod­i­fied ve­hi­cles.

1.

Are you a vin­tage/vet­eran or lat­est model lover?

Th­ese days, I pre­fer vet­eran cars.

2.

What was your first car or mo­tor­bike?

A 1967 Mor­ris Mini Deluxe sedan.

3.

How much did the car cost?

It was sec­ond-hand for $600.

4.

What is your fon­d­est mem­ory of a car or drive you took in it?

Driv­ing to Mel­bourne from Bris­bane and back.

5.

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.

6.

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.

7.

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.

8.

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.

9.

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.

Photo: Iain Curry

GLEAM­ING BEAUTY: Frank Car­roll and his 1951 MG YA Sa­loon which is part of his col­lec­tion of fine car ac­qui­si­tions.

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