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article image1966 Volvo approaches 3 millionth mile

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By Darren Weir     Jul 10, 2012 in Driving
Like the Energizer Bunny it just keeps going and going and going. A 1966 cherry red Volvo P1800s is still on the road and is now approaching the 3 million mile mark.
Irvin Gordon a retired school teacher from Long Island, New York bought the car for $4150 and hasn't looked back. He tells The Spec , "it was a whole year's salary." He actually wanted the convertible with air conditioning but it was too expensive, although he did pay $10 extra for an AM/FM radio.
A Volvo news release says Gordon drove 1500 miles in the first 48 hours and had a 125 mile commute to work. He managed to hit the 2 million mile mark in March 2002 by driving down Broadway in New York's Times Square, and averages 85,000 to 100,000 miles a year. It's now just 34,000 miles away from the 3 million mark.
The car still has the original engine, although it's been rebuilt twice over the years. Jordan Weine, a Brooklyn mechanic at Bay Diagnostic and a Volvo expert tells The Spec that because Gordon takes such good care of his car he's been able to get record high mileage without much change to the original mechanics.
The front bumper is filled with pins of his mileage achievements, including his license plate that reads "MILNMILER" and the trunk is full of spare parts, "if I have it then I'm not going to need it."
Wikipedia says a white version of the Volvo P1800s was driven by Roger Moore in the TV series The Saint in 1962 and he was so happy with it that he bought one of his own.
Gordon tells The Spec he has no plans to sell it, "why would I want to get rid of it, kind of like a good woman." says the divorced father of two. Though he's quoted in the Volvo news release saying he'd like it to go into "a nice cozy museum where people will get to enjoy seeing the car that beat the odds."
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