World record Volvo nears 3M mile mark

Odometer reading: Equivalent of traveling 1,176 times around the globe

Published On: Jul 11 2012 09:50:32 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 12 2012 12:56:07 PM CDT

A retired schoolteacher from Long Island, N.Y., said his 1966 Volvo P1800S is not only fun to drive, it's also quickly approaching a unique milestone in automotive history -- the 3 million mile mark.

Irvin Gordon, of Patchogue, said the red two-door is only 34,000 miles short of the goal, but he hopes to reach it by next year, the New York Daily News reported.

"I could do that going out for coffee between now and Christmas. That would be no problem," he told the newspaper. "But I'm not going to do it. I'm in no rush."

The 72-year-old said he purchased the car for $3,962.20 in June 1966 -- more than a year's salary at the time -- and since then has changed 114 tires, had 734 oil changes and has filled up the gas tank more than 8,600 times.

Gordon said the car also holds a Guinness World Record as the Highest Mileage Vehicle.

When he's not driving around visiting auto shows, Gordon told the Daily News that he often takes trips across the country just for a good cup of coffee.

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