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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.

By Joshua Condon Jul 9, 2012 7:54AM
Irv Gordon in his 1966 Volvo P1800. (Image courtesy of MSNBC.)We've told you here of Million Mile Joe, the Maine resident who kept his meticulously maintained 1990 Honda Accord running through a whopping 1,000,000 miles. And while Joe was getting plenty of media attention as he approached that milestone (and a brand new Accord from Honda once he passed it) a New York man was quietly racking up even more miles -- almost 3,000,000 -- in a beautiful red 1966 Volvo P1800.

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.

(Image courtesy of MSNBC.)[Source: MSNBC.]

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Jul 9, 2012 8:50AM
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That's nothing... I did 15,000 miles on my Ford Pinto - Now that's record!!!
Jul 10, 2012 5:02AM
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To all of you skeptics and doubters:

The mileage on Irv Gordon's Volvo is accurate and has been thoroughly documented by the detailed service records Mr. Gordon has kept since the car was new. THAT'S WHY Mr. Gordon and his Volvo are recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. It's all been PROVEN.

Don't hate, appreciate...  

Jul 9, 2012 10:48AM
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This seems to be a little bit difficult to do.  The car is 46 years old, this mileage works out to 64,347.8 miles per year on the average (according to the article he is just over 2,960,000 miles currently = under 40,000 to go).  This equates to an average of 176.2 miles per day, or 1,234 per week!! 
 
Sure is alot of driving - When looking at the article closer, he made his first million mile mark 25 years after purchase, the second 15 years later (40 years after purchase), meaning he made the last 960,000 (+/-) in the last 6 years.  This equates out to an average of 160,000 miles a year for the last 6 years, or 3,076.9 miles per week. 
 
An average of 439.5 miles per day!!  At 55 MPH that is 7.9 hours of driving per day for the last 6 years!!

Jul 9, 2012 9:03AM
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I have a chevy that has 5,000,000 miles on it.  Oh I mean it has 5,000 miles on it, it just runs like it has 5,000,000 miles on it.
Jul 10, 2012 6:11PM
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I've met Irv a few times over the years at a few car shows. He's a really nice guy..

He's been retired for years and on a whim he will take a ride..like for food.. A trip from L.I. NY to Boston for Clam chowder.. He used to drive daily to and from work..I think Bklyn.. so a few hundered miles a week... cross country for fun...

 Yes parts have been replaced that's maintenance parts do wear... but not much on older Volvos and a repaint or two,.

Older cars are simpler.. no or minimal electronics..in this car.. no power steering to go bad, no power windows..  the windsheild wipers are two speed, no abs brakes, airbags, no computers no sensors..(well no electronic sensors like we have today), no fuel injectors or electric fuel pump....

 

If you had or have a clean car from pre 1971 and know how. The car can run for many more years..

Cars from the mid 70's and up had crap electronics in them.. 20 to 40 years from now try getting a working ECU (computer) for a car from the 90's..

While the new cars from today handle well and with the aid of multi computers and sensors do amazing things but if you hold on to that car 20 years... I doubt you'll get parts for them if they still run...

 

Cars of all makes are both history and art... and having a vintage car in good to great condition takes a lot from a person... So when you see someone who owns one show a thumbs up on keeping history going....

 Take your kids to vintage car shows it's a great pastime fun thing to do. Plus it's art and history at the same time....

  Just be respectful ... Look but don't touch.... Lot's of Blood Sweat and Tears ( and money ) go into keeping rolling history rolling...

Jul 9, 2012 10:27AM
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This seems to be a little bit difficult to do.  The car is 46 years old, this mileage works out to 64,347.8 miles per year on the average (according to the article he is just over 2,960,000 miles currently = under 40,000 to go).  This equates to an average of 176.2 miles per day, or 1,234 per week!! 

 

Sure is alot of driving - When looking at the article closer, he made his first million mile mark 25 years after purchase, the second 15 years later (40 years after purchase), meaning he made the last 960,000 (+/-) in the last 6 years.  This equates out to an average of 160,000 miles a year for the last 6 years, or 3,076.9 miles per week. 

 

An average of 439.5 miles per day!!  At 55 MPH that is 7.9 hours of driving per day for the last 6 years!!

 

Thinking the numbers may be a little off....  Maybe miscounted a 100,000 mile 'roll over' of the odometer here and there...

 

Ran

Jul 9, 2012 9:18AM
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I still have a ax I bought 30 years ago. I replaced the head twice and the handle once. But its the best ax I ever owned.
Jul 9, 2012 9:09AM
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The first Volvo in the family was my older brothers 1967 242. When you took the head rests off, and reclined the seats, it mad a perfectly flat bed.

I used to trade him my 57 Bel Air sometimes as a teen when I had a hot date.

 

Don't tell my brother...LOL...

Jul 9, 2012 10:37AM
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If they are smart, Volvo will give him a brand new car and feature him in a commercial.  You can't get better advertisement than that.
Jul 9, 2012 11:17AM
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Those who don't believe this car has nearly 3M miles will not care that a whole community of Volvo 1800 enthusiasts have been following Irv from the days it started to become a remarkable feat. They might want to check with Guiness or Volvo. 

It amazes me how people shoot their mouth off about things they don't know.

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