Retired teacher's Volvo nears 3 million miles
Irvin Gordon's 1966 Volvo P1800S needs only 34,000 more miles to reach the 3 million-mile mark. The retired schoolteacher from Long Island hopes to reach the mark by next year.
The Associated Press
BAY SHORE, N.Y. — It just keeps going, and going, and going. No, it's not a battery. It's Irvin Gordon's 1966 Volvo P1800S.
Gordon's small, red two-door has well more than 2 million miles on the odometer, the equivalent of nearly 1,176 times across the globe.
The retired schoolteacher from Long Island hopes to reach the 3 million-mile mark by next year. He has only 34,000 miles to go.
The 72-year-old Gordon drives his Volvo everywhere. He has held the Guinness World Records mark for High Mileage Vehicle since 2002 and was the first person to hold that record.
He bought his beloved car on June 30, 1966, for $4,150 at the age of 25. "It was a whole year's salary," he said.
Gordon's car has just enough room for him and his essentials. His front bumper is filled with pins of his mileage achievements. Even his license plate says "MILNMILER." And his trunk overflows with the many car parts he thinks he might need when on the road.
"I have a set of everything," he said. "If I have it, then I am not going to need it."
His odometer doesn't have enough digits to display the actual mileage, but Gordon has tuneup records verifying it.
With trips to Montreal, Texas and Michigan in just the last month, the last leg of his trip should not be too hard.
It took him 21 years to reach the first million miles and 15 more years to reach 2 million. Gordon averages 85,000 to 100,000 miles per year. Most of his trips are for auto shows, but he also takes trips across the country just for a good cup of coffee.
"I have had coffee in every state," Gordon said. "I am my own travel channel."
Gordon thinks that his Volvo will last way longer than 3 million miles.
"I have a feeling I'll be dead long before the car."