Rockleigh, New Jersey – Irv Gordon, the driver of a 1966 Volvo P1800 that is the highest-mileage vehicle on the road, celebrated his 70th birthday yesterday by affirming his goal to reach three million miles before he turns 73. The car currently has 2.8 million miles on the odometer.
Gordon, a retired science teacher from East Patchogue, New York, purchased the car in June 1966, driving 1,500 miles in the first 48 hours. He logged his first half-million miles in ten years.
In 1998, with 1.69 million miles, he made the Guinness Book of World Records for the most miles driven by a single owner in a non-commercial vehicle, and in 2002, drove the car’s two-millionth mile down New York’s Times Square.
Gordon said he is unsure of what to do with the car after he reaches his milestone, but has considered selling it for one dollar per mile. “I used to think I’d park it in a museum where people will get to enjoy seeing the car that beat the odds, all with the same engine, same radio, same axles, same transmission and of course the same driver,” Gordon said. “Now I think, no way. I’ll either keep driving it or sell it for $3 million.”