BAY SHORE, N.Y. — It usually keeps going, and going, and going. No, it’s not a battery. It’s Irvin Gordon’s 1966 Volvo P1800S.
Gordon’s small, red two-door has good some-more than 2 million miles on a odometer, a homogeneous of scarcely 1,176 times opposite a globe.
The late schoolteacher from Long Island hopes to strech a 3 million mile symbol by subsequent year. He usually has 34,000 miles to go.
The 72-year-old Gordon drives his Volvo everywhere. He has reason a Guinness World Records symbol for High Mileage Vehicle given 2002 and was a initial chairman to reason that record.
“It’s usually a automobile we suffer driving,” he said.
He bought his dear automobile on Jun 30, 1966, for $4,150 during a age of 25. “It was a whole year’s salary,” he said.
Gordon creatively wanted a automobile Volvo with atmosphere conditioning, yet it was too expensive. He paid additional to have an AM/FM radio, though.
“It was $10 extra, and during that time, $10 was a lot. But an AM/FM radio was a large deal,” he said.
Gordon’s automobile has usually adequate room for him and his essentials. His front fender is filled with pins of his mileage achievements. Even his permit image says “MILNMILER.” And his case overflows with a many automobile tools he thinks he competence need when on a road.
“I have a set of everything,” he said. “If we have it, afterwards we am not going to need it.”
Gordon has been holding highway trips given he was a child and continued by his adult years. He says he would usually tell his family to container their things and strike a road. Gordon’s dual daughters went on his highway trips until they outgrew a little red car.
“They usually couldn’t fit in a behind anymore. That is when we bought a hire wagon,” he explained. “Volvo, of course.”
Now divorced, Gordon takes highway trips alone. With trips to Montreal, Texas and Michigan in usually a final month, a final leg of his outing should not be too hard. It took him 21 years to strech a initial million miles and 15 some-more years to strech 2 million. Gordon averages 85,000 to 100,000 miles per year. Most of his trips are for automobile shows, yet he also takes trips opposite a nation usually for a good crater of coffee.
“I have had coffee in each state,” Gordon said. “I am my possess transport channel.”
The zealous motorist believes in holding caring of his car, and he doesn’t let anyone else expostulate it.
“That’s since we bought my girls their possess cars,” he said.
Jordan Weine is a automechanic during Bay Diagnostic, an automobile emporium formed in Brooklyn and a Volvo expert. He says since Gordon takes caring of his car, he is means to get high mileage but most change to a car’s strange mechanics. The automobile still has a strange engine, yet it was rebuilt twice in a car’s lifetime.
“How high does a redwood grow? If it is not messed with, it will grow,” pronounced Weine, who hasn’t worked on Gordon’s car. “And there are really few redwood trees and a same goes with this. There are really few people that can grasp 3 million miles.”
It is transparent that Gordon loves his automobile and he can’t suppose removing absolved of it.
“Why would we wish to get absolved of it?” he asked. “Kind of like a good woman.”
Gordon’s automobile has brought him fame. Joe Brusack, a automechanic who worked on his automobile when it was on a millionth mile some-more than 20 years ago, pronounced it’s come a prolonged way.
“I consider it was usually extraordinary that he got this far,” he said.
Gordon himself is astounded each time he gets into his automobile and edges closer to his 3 million mile goal. But a miles have taken a fee on a car. Recently, some black connect got into a car’s carburetor. He has to get that bound before he can strike a highway again.
Volvo has sent Gordon to trips around a nation and a universe to paint Volvo in automobile shows.
“I don’t consider (just) any automobile could do it,” pronounced John Maloney, boss and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America. “It is a multiple of a automobile dear by his owners that has gotten Irv to this mileage.”
Gordon thinks that his Volvo will final approach longer than 3 million miles.
“I have a feeling I’ll be passed prolonged before a car.”