New York Driver Approaches 3,000,000 Miles in His '66 Volvo
Irvin Gordon, of Long Island, is the current Guinness Book of World Records holder for High Mileage Vehicle.
Irv Gordon, of Long Island, bought the Volvo new in June of '66 for $4,150 (for some, a full year's salary at the time). Since then, Gordon, who has stated a lifelong love of travel, has been racking up the miles: it took 21 years to reach the first million miles, then another 15 to reach the two-million mark, according to MSNBC. Now, 46 years after purchasing the Volvo and already having driven the car the equivalent of 1,200 trips around the globe at the equator, Gordon is less than 40,000 miles from clicking "3,000,000" on the odometer.
And did we mention, since he failed to spring for the option back in '66, Gordon has done all this driving without an air conditioner?
Regular maintenance, oil changes and tune-ups are key to the vehicle's longevity, of course, and the Volvo still has its original engine (albeit rebuilt -- twice). Perhaps Gordon's connection to the car is the secret? The 72-year-old recently told the Associated Press "It’s just a car I enjoy driving.”
At nearly 3,000,000 miles -- a number Gordon expects to hit this year -- we think that may be a bit of an understatement.
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