’66 Volvo to Hit 3 Million Miles in 2013

Irving Gordon's 1966 Volvo is expected to hit 3 million miles in 2013. Photo by Associated Press.

In April, E3 Spark Plugs brought you the story of Rachel Veitch and her “chariot,” a 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente that had just hit 576,000 miles. With all due respect to Ms. Veitch, we’ve just come across another vintage wonder whose mileage makes her chariot’s look like chump change.

Irving Gordon’s 1966 Volvo P1800S has held the Guinness World Records mark for high mileage vehicle since 2002. A decade later, it’s still going strong with just 34,000 miles to go before hitting 3 million miles – something Gordon expects will happen next year.

Gordon, a retired school teacher from Long Island, has driven his little red two-door sportster everywhere since he bought it in June of 1966 for $4,150 – his full year’s salary. His mileage thus far is equivalent to crossing the globe upwards of 1,176 times. Much of the later mileage comes by way of traveling to auto shows to represent Volvo. But Gordon also travels purely for pleasure, boasting that he’s “had coffee in every state and multiple cities across Europe, where he had the car shipped for an extended vacation.

“I am my own Travel Channel,” he told the Associated Press, noting that the Volvo racks up 85,000 to 100,000 miles a year. And while a 46-year automotive relationship might wear on some, Gordon doesn’t plan on parting ways with his lil’ red beauty anytime soon.

“Why would I want to get rid of it?” he asked. “Kind of like a good woman.”

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