Having written about cars and Winston Churchill for fifty years, I finally produced a piece on them both. From exotica like Mors, Napier and Rolls-Royce to more prosaic makes like Austin, Humber and Wolseley, the story was three decades in coming. But I am satisfied that it is now complete.
Part 3, concluded from Part 2: Excerpt only. For footnotes, all illustrations and a roster of Churchill’s cars, see The Automobile, August 2016. To order, click here.
“The only car I can stretch out in”: WSC, hands warmed by a muff, in the Pullman on his 85th birthday, 30 November 1959. (Associated Press)
Humber for the Man
After the war, Lord Rootes and Churchill became close friends, exchanging Christmas gifts and farm animals, even collaborating politically.…
Could you tell me if Winston Churchill drove an automobile? I’m interested in establishing whether the major World War II leaders, on both sides, could drive a car. So far, I know only that Franklin Roosevelt drove his own Ford at Hyde Park (hand controls but he was his own driver when he needed to be). This may seem an odd line of investigation, but I think it might be illuminating. —P.C., New Hampshire
Driving what appears to be a Wolseley, Birdcage Walk, Westminster, 1925. (Churchill was then Chancellor of the Exchequer.) Note the ding in the right front fender!…