Man’s 3 Million Miles In Volvo Sets Record For Highest Mileage By A Single Driver In One Vehicle

A man and his trusty car.

A man and his trusty car.

When we last heard of a Irv Gordon of Long Island, N.Y. and his 1966 Volvo P1800S last summer, he was on the road toward setting a Guinness Book of World Records for the most miles by a single driver in one vehicle. We’d now like to congratulate him on hitting the three million mile mark and nabbing that record last week [pause for applause].

In a press release — from Volvo, natch — it says the 74-year-old retired science teacher hit the milestone on the Seward Highway, Alaska Highway 1, in Alaska. It was one of the two U.S. states he’d never visited, making it the perfect place for such a historic occasion.

“It’s not about getting to the three million miles; it’s about the trips that got me to the three million miles,” Gordon said. “I never had a goal to get to one million, to two million. I just enjoyed driving and experiencing life through my Volvo.”

Along the way, his car has been to nine countries, stopped at 800 Waffle Houses, and been in 11 accidents in its 47 years, reports AOL Autos.

So will his cherry red little buddy make it another million miles? His only doubt — forget about the car, he’s not sure he’s up to such a feat.

“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.”

You can watch his journey on, which also serves as one big Volvo ad. But hey, if I built a car that lasted three million miles, I’d probably crow about it too.

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