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2013-09-23 13:49

STILL GOING STRONG: Irvin Gordon’s trusty 1966 Volvo P1800S has covered a record-breaking number of kilometers over 47 years. Could you imagine racking up 4.8 million km in your ride? Image: VOLVO

Irvin Gordon was looking for a good auto deal back in 1966 - and he got one. His 1966 Volvo P1800S has since then racked up 4.8-million kilometres!

In 2002 Irvin Gordon drove his trusty 1966 Volvo P1800S over its two-millionth mile (3.2-millionth km) through Times Square in New York. In 2012, Wheels24 reported on Gordon when he hoped he would pass three-million miles (4.8-million km) in 2013 after 11 years.


In September 2013 Gordon, a retired schoolteacher from Long Island, achieved his goal of three-million miles (4.8-million km) in his Volvo.

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With a 125-mile (201km) daily commute, a fanatical dedication to vehicle maintenance, and a passion for driving, Gordon logged 500 000 miles (804 672km) in 11 years. In 1987, he celebrated his millionth mile driving a loop around the Tavern on the Green in Central Park, New York. In 1998, after 1.69-million miles, Gordon made the Guinness Book of World Records for most miles driven by a single owner in a non-commercial vehicle.

Gordon (72) has held the Guinness World Record for High-Mileage Vehicles since 2002 and was the first person to earn the record.

Gordon said: "I'm realising this will be a record that nobody will surpass and I've been feeling especially sentimental with these last few drives in beautiful Alaska. I've enjoyed the expansive landscape, a drive through the long tunnel to Prince William Sound/Whittier and a visit to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. The folks at Continental Volvo in Anchorage were kind enough to throw me a wonderful reception on Saturday.

"Everyone asks, what's next? Well, I'll keep driving my Volvo P1800 to auto shows and taking trips across the country. Not much will change. But whether I drive four million miles is more up to me than it is the car. The car may be able to take it, but I'm not so sure about me."


He bought his car on June 30, 1966 for $4150 at the age of 25. "It was a whole year's salary."

He said he couldn’t stop driving the car. He bought it over a holiday weekend and by the following Monday he already had to take the in for a  service.

The car still has its original engine, though it has been rebuilt twice.

Gordon said: “It has not really been about just getting to the three million miles; it’s more about the trips that got me to there and what I have experienced getting there.

“I never had a goal to get to a million, to two million. I just enjoyed driving and experiencing life through my Volvo."

It took him 21 years to reach the first million km and 15 more to reach two million. He averages between 136 000 and 160 000km a year. Most of his trips are to auto shows but he also takes trips across country.

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