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Three Million Mile Volvo


Just once in a while it is nice to come across a story that demonstrates in this hurly-burly disposable world that some relationships are built to last. Such is the case with 73 year old Irv Gordon and his 1966 Volvo P1800.

Fans of ancient creaking TV shows will know that this is the car similar to that driven by Roger Moore as The Saint. Fans of the P1800 know that this programme formed the basis of, in the UK at least, the popularity of this car which remains an eminently collectible classic today.

Forty seven years ago, on a Friday, Irv went to his local Volvo dealer and purchased his brand new, shiny red P1800; and he’s lovingly kept it ever since. The real beauty of this story is that he didn’t hide the car away for posterity, it was his daily driver. In the first weekend of ownership he put 1500 miles on the clock.IRV2 Three Million Mile Volvo

The retired science teacher hails from Patchogue N.Y., and he holds the Guinness Book of Records recognition for the most miles driven by one owner in a non-commercial vehicle. When working, he had a daily round trip that covered 125 miles which meant he clocked up a not inconsiderable 500,000 miles in just ten years. Most car owners would be happy with that.

Not Irv. He has devoted absolutely total dedication to his car. It has been meticulously serviced and maintained. His dealer reckons that Mr Gordon takes better care of his car than his own person. To date the car has reached 2.99 million miles and is still in regular use. The owner thinks he’ll achieve the magic number by September.

What is really good about this story is Irv’s attitude to the whole thing. To him it is not so much about the car and his dedication but rather what the car has done. To quote him, “The best way to explore America is by car. I challenge everyone to go out and see as much as possible. No matter how many roads I’ve been on, there’s always one I haven’t taken. That’s what makes it exciting.”

Irv believes that the magic number will be reached when he is visiting Alaska later this year – in his Volvo obviously. It is one of only two States he has yet to see. Both the American media and Volvo are taking a great interest in this story and why not. It just goes to show that real motoring doesn’t have to always be about performance or the latest thing. It can be about the pleasure of driving. From the great cities and plains of America through to the small town diners so beloved of writers, Irv has been there. He says that if you live in America and send him an ‘invite’, he will be happy to meet up for a coffee. Irv Gordon – a true petrol head.

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