If you've been following these pages for a while, you may remember Irv Gordon and his 1966 Volvo P1800. The duo have found their way onto these pages twice before: first back in 2007 when the machine cruised past 2.6 million miles and then again in 2011 when the machine picked up an additional 300,000. Now Gordon has just 34,000 miles to go before rolling past the three million mile mark. He bought the coupe brand-new in 1966, and while the engine has been rebuilt twice in the intervening 46 years, the lump is still factory original.

Gordon attributes the vehicle's longevity to good design and proper maintenance, though keeping the coupe to himself has gone a long way too. The retired teacher doesn't let anyone else drive his beloved P1800. On average, he clocks around 100,000 miles per year traveling to car shows and visiting various states just for the fun of it. We can't wait to see this pair roll past the next milestone. Check out a new Associated Press interview with Gordon below (warning: video is set to auto-play).



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      Justin Shaw
      • 2 Years Ago
      A timeless Volvo design. What i would give to own that classic
      Emmanuel Ibarra
      • 2 Years Ago
      ******* auto-play
      travustea
      • 2 Years Ago
      So he has to drive nearly 275 miles per day, seven days a week to average 100k annually...that's nearly 5 hours of driving a day (at an average of 60mph which is almost impossible unless he's circling around a corn field in Nebraska). On top of that he'd be spending somewhere around $20,000 on gas annually. If the story is true (which I personally find hard to believe) it sounds like a retirement of hemoroids, organ failure, and an empty wallet...no matter how much you like driving, or cars (I personally love both) this is clearly insane, or simply untrue!
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        @travustea
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        majortom1981
        • 2 Years Ago
        @travustea
        Have you ever heard of the hamptons or the gold coast? A ton of people that live on long island are rich. Its possible this guy has the money to do this.
          prince_david
          • 2 Years Ago
          @majortom1981
          Maybe but trust me most Long Islanders aren't that rich. He just seems like a very passionate guy for his car. I did end up seeing him and his car stop in at a diner in my parent's hometown.
      lad
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you do the math, at the 3,000,000 mark, this guy will have spent about 6.8 years in his car; 3,000,000miles/50mph/24hours/365days in a year....NC!
      Johnny Ng
      • 2 Years Ago
      Something about this doesn't seem right. No European car can make it past such mileage without a major breakdown or being expensive to fix. I suspect that he has a Japanese engine under the hood as well as transmission which are known for dependability. The engine looked remarkably similar to an early 1970s Toyota 1.8 13T motor which last forever without any problems. They should also give credit to the Toyota motor and transmission. I'll give credit to Volvo for the metal they used to build this car because it shows no signs of rust.
        John Galvin
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        Something about you doesn't seem right.
          Spiel
          • 2 Years Ago
          @John Galvin
          Maybe its the fact that he's using his booking mugshot as his FB profile picture.
        Wojo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        Well if it isn't the Dalai Lama of Japanese Car trolls. You must be the 5th or 6th incarnation of the legendary "Fried Rice". No, Im not racist but you really do sound like him.
          Johnny Ng
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Wojo
          Who the hell is Fried Rice? My post is my opinion based on facts. The facts state that European cars are unreliable while Japanese cars are so reliable. There is no way that Volvo could rack up so many miles unless it had help from a Japanese engine or transmission. FACT.
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          @Wojo
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        Horst
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        You sir, are an idiot.
        RWD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Johnny Ng
        All you know is EUROPE = BAD, JAPAN = GOOD. You don't look very deep for "facts" do you? We're not talking about a BMW here... this is an old Volvo my friend, one of the most dependable cars on the planet. Why would they replace a stock engine from the golden era of Volvo engines, which solidified their reputation for bullet-proof reliability for decades worldwide, and replace it with a cheaper Toyota engine? You're a moron. FACT.
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        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        1. Find a cliff 2. Douse yourself in gasoline 3. Set yourself on fire 4. Jump Thanks.
        caddy-v
        • 2 Years Ago
        Just for being the neanderthal you so love being, I'm going to take the 7mpg Chevelle out tonight and burn up at least two tanks of fuel in your honor.
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          @caddy-v
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        Jessica
        • 2 Years Ago
        I hope you don't own a TV, or a refrigerator, or any clothing, or furniture. That stuff all used up an enormous amount of resources to be in your possession. But keep driving your Prius and thinking you're doing something good for that world. As long you as you THINK you're being a positive impact, you'll die smug and happy.
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          JW
          • 2 Years Ago
          So shouldn't you be on a bicycle blog then?
      SpeedR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Skip the waffle houses Irv, you look like you're pregnant!
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        @SpeedR
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      PrintError
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had the pleasure of meeting Irv and seeing this beautiful car first hand a few years ago. I think the most special thing about this story is that there's nothing special done to write it. Just a humble man and his passion for driving. Ride on Irv, hats off to ya.
      Emmanuel Ibarra
      • 2 Years Ago
      ******* auto-play
      Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome story! That Volvo looks remarkable for having driven that many miles. I'd love to see Volvo contact Irv about using his vehicle in an advertising campaign and offer him a new Volvo of his choice for free. I do not think it would be possible to find a better way for Volvo to connect with potential Volvo customers on many levels than to share Irv and his car's story. This is a story about a man who loves his Volvo and a Volvo who has never let it's owner down in 46 years and almost 3 million miles. I think I might just contact Volvo and suggest the idea.
      mawhalen53
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is what cars are built for. Great job, keep going! Since I'm 300 miles from the nearest Waffle House, get a bacon texas cheesesteak sandwich for me...
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