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What is the record for the highest mileage car?


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What is the record for the highest mileage car?

When we say at Sell Your Jamjar we accept any car regardless of the mileage when you sell your car to us we mean it - yes we would even accept three MILLION miles. That is the highest amount of miles ever recorded by a vehicle in the Guinness Book of Records we recently learned.

Irv Gordon passed the three-million mark in his 1966 Volvo P1800 in September of last year during a road trip on Alaska's Highway 1. Gordon from Long Island, is a retired science teacher and he could obviously teach car owners a few things about maintaining your vehicle as his record is nothing less than staggering.

The 74-year-old set the world record as the most miles driven by a single person in a non-commerical vehicle but insisted at the time he never had a goal to get to one million miles or even two million. He bought the red coupe brand new in 1966 and getting on for 50 years still owns the car now.

Gordon's daily commute to work was 125 miles so he quickly stacked up the miles and reached 500,000 in a decade and reached the one million mark after 20 years. He was apparantly driving around Central Park in New York when the mileage clicked to 1,000,000 in 1987. He achieved the Guiness Book of Record with 1.69 million miles for the car with the highest certified mileage driven by the owner in 1998. 

The two million mark came in 2002 during a trip to New York City with Gordon even appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno before notching the three million. At the time, Volvo made much of Gordon's record with advertising and even set up a website dedicated to the Gordon and his car's journeys. But then you cannot blame the Swedish car manufacturer for celebrating the fact - there cannot be many cars that surpass the three million mile mark!

It appears most of the Volvo's miles has been clocked up with Gordon visiting nearly all of the US's 52 states. He has also taken the car to nine countries including to Volvo's headquarters in Gothenburg to 'see where the P1800 was born' - and 800 Waffle Houses. The Volvo has been in 11 accidents in that time. 

Gordon takes the car to car shows but admitted in an interview last year that the chance of him reaching another million miles at 74 depends on him, not the car! Well, if you ever get tired of the Volvo, we will buy it Mr Gordon!

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