Mega-mile Volvo P1800 nears the 3 million mark


Irv Gordon’s 1966 Volvo P1800 is poised to clock up three million miles in September cementing the retired science teacher’s place in history.

Already the Guinness Book of World Records title holder for the ‘most miles driven by a single owner in a non-commercial vehicle’, Gordon said: “I bought my Volvo on a Friday and immediately fell in love.

"I couldn't stop driving the car. It was a long holiday weekend, and I brought the it back to the dealership the following Monday for its 1500-mile service."

The American hopes to pass the three millionth mile on a trip to Alaska this September.

C&SC did a full feature on his ownership (see December 2002), when he had racked up a mere 2.5 million miles.

He told C&SC then “I know it can do another million miles, but I’m not sure I can”.

Today he added: "The best way to explore America is by car. I challenge everyone to go out and see as much as possible. Find your own journey and reason to believe because you only have one life to live.

“No matter how many roads I've been on, there's always one I haven't taken. That's what makes it exciting."

You can follow the 73-year old’s progress on a micro-site launched by Volvo.



Nuno Granja

Rolling, rolling, rolling....


Sorry . I don't believe this. It means he has driven 179 miles every day for 47 years. I should need a lot more evidence before I would come anywhere near to accepting it.


At nearly 64 thousand miles a year average, how could he have been a science teacher? He wouldn't have had the time! Do the maths- max speed in USA is 55 mph- even if he averaged 40 miles an hour, he would be driving on average nearly 5 hours a day every day for 47 years! I don't believe it!!


Rod Panhard

He's the real deal. I've met him at Volvo club events over here in the States. In the U.S., teacher's work about nine months a year. That allows him 3 months a year to rack up some serious miles. It's not hard to go 350 miles in a day without wearing yourself out over here.

When he got the car, he had a 40 mile commute in each direction.

One of the interesting stories about the car is that he gets a new windshield installed every 100,000 miles.

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