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A 93-year-old grandmother from Orlando, Florida may be the ultimate road warrior.

In nearly 50 years of ownership, Rachel Veitch has put more than 576,000 miles on her 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente since purchasing it new for $3,289 in February, 1964 in Sanford, Fla. The Caliente may have more mileage remaining, but last month, Veitch made an announcement. She's done driving.

"I know I'm not safe enough to drive," she tells Fox News. "But I have taken it in stride."

Veitch is now legally blind and suffering from macular degeneration in both eyes. In the video above, she reveals the secret of how the car outlasted three marriages.

"Never lied to me, never cheated on me, and," she said, "I can always depend on it."


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      • 3 Years Ago
      It's not that shocking. My dad had a car that had over 400,000 and was a lot newer.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Got to love her comparison between her car and her marriages! May she and her car have many, many more happy roads to travel, albeit not together.
      mnbigbuddy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sounds like a good used car. Is it for sale?
      medow1969
      • 3 Years Ago
      How can this be proven since old cars turn over at One Hundred Thoudand Miles?
        Greg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @medow1969
        She documented everything, every oil change, every fill up (and mileage calculated) , every muffler, brakes. She wrote it all down.
        items17070
        • 3 Years Ago
        @medow1969
        its something like record keeping!
        • 3 Years Ago
        @medow1969
        Registration every year - you have to report the mileage so it can be tracked that way.
      Greg
      • 3 Years Ago
      I met this woman at a car show. Awesome lady, funny, erudite. The car was very well kept up. She carried a gun with her too!
        T
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Greg
        why do you think she was married 3 times? lol
      TomShanFelixOscar
      • 3 Years Ago
      I live in central Florida and we followed her one day to see where the classic car meet was, but it wasn’t in the Walmart parking lot. She is a hoot, and the car is worth all of that if just for the story it could tell.
      coleawsus
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maintenance thats all a car needs, and drive it nice thats all. My cars all last ALOT longer than most peoples because of this. The last work truck I had went 284000 then I sold it.
      jvcris2
      • 3 Years Ago
      JVCRIS2 Another good reason to buy American. God Bless.
      LL
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wasn't even aware of the existence of penny auctions until about 6 weeks ago. Now I can't imagine buying anything other than food or clothing anyplace else. My favorite is at ( http://tinyurl.com/TopBargains ) It took me a few days to figure out how to bid but now I am savings big bucks there. How they can sell iPads, Macbooks, HDTVs, Digital Cameras, Gaming Consoles, and more for steep discounts of 75%, 80%, or even 85% off retail price, I don't know. I do know that I bought my son an iPad there for less than $100 and my husband a $250 Lowe's gift card for $48. Why would I shop anyplace else?
      Chris
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great story! I hope she has a super good time on Jays show. Maybe he will let her drive a couple of his cars!
      ti9ne
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those cars back then were made durable very strong...God bless her...I hope to reach that age...I hope my mustang last as long as her car..
      steves1709
      • 3 Years Ago
      How could the car have that many miles and not show any dings, dents, etc? She must have spent a mint to keep it in that shape.
        Bada Bing
        • 3 Years Ago
        @steves1709
        I saw her on the news a few years ago. Every repair that she had on the car included lifetime warranty....She said she replaced around 20 batteries I think.....free brakes, shocks muffler etc...She did have some body damage fixed along the way.
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