The Longest Running Volvos in History

High Mileage Volvo

What are we talking about here?  Do we want to know which Volvo model has been produced the longest and still has cars on the road? Or better yet, do we want to know which Volvo model has a car that has the highest actual miles on it?  Let’s take a look at both.

In 1961 Volvo began production of their 1800 model car.  The 1800 came in a variety of styles from the P1800 which resembled its American cousin sports cars of the era, to the 1800S which looked much more like a touring sedan then finally the 1800E and 1800ES which came as a sedan and hatchback style cars.

The 1800 was in production by Volvo from 1961 until 1973 with very little change in body style or in the engine the entire time it was produced.  This makes this model of Volvo the one that was produced the longest to date by them and sold by Volvo dealers around the world.

Not to mention the fact the 1800 model actually has one car in particular still on the road that takes the title for the most miles on any one vehicle.  In 1966 the love affair began between man and car, a relationship that still burns strong to this day, over three million miles later.

Yes, I said three million miles, many of us are really happy when our car makes it to the 100,000 mile mark, and even more ecstatic when it reaches 200,000, but this Volvo has gone over three million miles.  The owner who started this love between man and machine is East Patchogue, New York resident Irv Gordon.

Mr. Gordon purchased his 1966 Volvo P1800 sports car new and has maintained the car ever since.  The P1800 has been his daily driver for over forty years never failing to get him where he needed to go.  When asked what the secret to having a car last so long is simply regular maintenance.

He has given the P1800 all the scheduled maintenance required throughout its life, as well as driving the car carefully by braking slowly and anticipating driving needs.  He has also kept the car clean throughout its life, even though he has never had a garage for the car; it continues to shine like the bell of the ball.

You would certainly think an achievement such as this would be rewarded, and it has been at least twice.  When Gordon passed one million miles, Volvo gave him a new 780 Bertone Coupe, and when he passed two million miles, they presented him with a new C70 after a parade in Times Square.  Even with these two gifts, Gordon continues to drive the old 1966 P1800 because he loves the way it drives.

No doubt we could all take a page out of Irv Gordon’s book to show us all how to care for our vehicles and make them last much longer than they currently do.  I’m sure we will see another installment from Irv Gordon when he passes four million miles in the P1800 and continues to push the Guinness Book of World Records mark that currently belongs to him and his candy apple red 1966 Volvo P1800.


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