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Man breaks world record hitting three million miles in 1966 Volvo

Irvin Gordon sits in his beloved 1966 Volvo coupe Photo: APTV

The owner of a 1966 Volvo has clocked up three million miles to claim a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Retired teacher Irvin Gordon from Long Island has managed to hit the three millionth mile mark in his reliable Volvo P1800S.

Irv Gordon bought the red P1800 on June 30 47 years ago and has been driving it ever since. By 2002, he was already in the Guinness Book of Records for having the 'Highest Mileage on a Vehicle.'

Speaking last year, Mr Gordon said:

Gordon said he bought the car new on June 30, 1966, for $4,150 at the age of 25. Back then he said, "it was a whole year's salary".

The day I first bought the car I picked it up on a Friday night and started driving around town and showing it off to all of my friends and local pubs and wherever else.

Before I knew it, I was up in New Jersey and up in Connecticut and went back to my college in Massachusetts.

Keepsakes from Irvin Gordon's travels Credit: APTV

Gordon's car has just enough room for him and his essentials. His front bumper is filled with pins of his mileage achievements. Even his license plate says "MILNMILER." And his boot overflows with the many car parts he thinks he might need when on the road.

It took him 21 years to reach the first million miles and 15 more years to reach 2 million. Gordon averages 85,000 to 100,000 miles per year. Most of his trips are for auto shows, but he also takes trips across the country just for a good cup of coffee.

If I see a sign that's interesting on the side of a road, I will take the time to look at it. Anything to see what the rest of the country has to offer [...] I have a feeling I'll be dead long before the car.

In just over 11 years, Mr Gordon was able to add another million to his odometer. He reached three million miles while driving in Alaska.