Author: Jason / Date: September 29, 2022 / Tags: classic cars
(RareCarMarket.com) – Many people buy cars with the intent of keeping them in pristine condition; taking steps like parking it in the garage and not racking up the miles in order to turn a profit when they sell. While some aim to protect their investment, one man decided to enjoy his — quite a lot. Irv Gordon put over three million miles on his car and never thought twice about it, catapulting him into the Guinness Book of World Records.
Gordon, a former science teacher from Long Island, New York, purchased his record-setting Volvo P1800S brand new in 1966 for $4,150. In 2013, while driving in Alaska, it clocked in at 3 million miles. In an interview with Volvo, he noted that he enjoyed driving the car and never had any specific mileage goals in mind. He explained that one secret to his success is that he stays true to the factory maintenance guide. It’s had two engine rebuilds and two paint jobs in the intervening years. Gordon’s P1800S holds the world record for the highest mileage privately driven car.
Irv Gordon passed away in 2018. The car, which still looks almost brand new, now belongs to Volvo. Despite the historic achievement of this P1800S, the company doesn’t have it on display at a museum. Instead, they still let people take the car for a drive, carrying on Gordon’s legacy.
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