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The most complete Rolls Royce collection?


The most complete Rolls Royce collection?
Just live your passion,
this is what Miguel de la Via must have thought in the eighties after a successful business career.

Being a car lover he started with the fundamentals for any collection; (re-) building a castle to host the collection. Near Bilbao he entirely restored the 14 th century Loizaga Tower and build a castle around it. In the year 2000, the job done, he set out to live his hobby.

In a period of ten years Miguel collected an impressive 75 classic cars, 45 of them being Rolls Royces. And as we all know from our period as stamp collector, you need one of each to complete a series. Now the collection is complete with one fine example of each Rolls Royce, starting with the Silver Ghost up to the take over by BMW.

And like the stamp collection the challenges lays in the exclusive models. In its time the Phantom IV was the flagship between the flagships. Sold primarily to heads of state, only 18 where made. Three of them, former cars from Franco, reside with the Royal Family of Spain, one with Queen Elisabeth, and serveral others in various palaces around the world, leaving only one in the market. Miguel de la Via managed to lay hands on the car formerly sold to the ruler of Kuwait.

After the passing away of Miguel de La Via, some years ago, his niece is now managing the collection and when you visit the castle, chances are that she will show you around personally and tell you the personal story of each and every car.

She will certainly be our host at the start of the Via Iberica rally for pre-war cars on June 4th.

Words and photos: Bart Kleyn

     

Comments 

 
#4 Manfred Heyne 2017-03-16 19:02
Complete with one fine example of each Rolls Royce?
As a friend of brass cars I miss the Rolls-Royce 10 HP and 20 HP.
 
 
#3 R. Mawer 2017-03-16 12:27
Is there a sprinkler system, in working order, installed in case of fire ? This is so very important.Also car batteries not connected.
 
 
#2 MARÍA LÓPEZ-TAPIA DE 2017-03-16 11:25
Thank you very much for this article. As a niece of Miguel de la Vía, I really appreciate it. The castle and the collection keep wonderful stories worth living. I invite all of you to come and visit us in Galdames, 30 km away from Bilbao. And on September 30th, we hold the 2nd Concours of Elegance "High Motors". Do not miss it!!
 
 
#1 Jos van Genugten 2017-03-16 07:18
Beautiful story and beautiful collection Bart. Everyone should have a castle devoted to his/her hobby!
 

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