Irv Gordon, a 73-year-old retired science teacher from Patchogue, N.Y. and owner of a red, 1966 Volvo P1800 has driven his car nearly 3,000,000 miles. Just saying that out loud sounds unreal, “three-million-miles… same car” – wow. Irv Goordon expects to surpass 3,000,000 miles this September when he visits Alaska.
Gordon had such a great time with his 1966 Volvo P1800 that he returned it to the dealership for scheduled service just days after buying it: “I bought my Volvo P1800 on a Friday, and immediately fell in love,” Gordon recalled. “I couldn’t stop driving the car. It was a long holiday weekend, and I brought the car back to the dealership the following Monday for its 1,500-mile service.” – - Volvo Cars of North America, LLC
Gordon didn’t buy the 1966 Volvo P1800 to destroy long distance records, he bought it because he fell in love with it. For millions of automotive fans out there, we understand. The Volvo P1800 is regarded by many as one of the best Volvos ever made. Yes, one drove 3,000,000 miles, but what’s just as impressive is how beautiful the P1800 still looks.
“It’s not about getting to the three million miles; it’s about the trips that got me to the three million miles,” Gordon said. “I never had a goal to get to one million, to two million. I just enjoyed driving and experiencing life through my Volvo.
“The best way to explore America is by car,” Gordon added. “I challenge everyone to go out and see as much as possible. Find your own journey and reason to believe because you only have one life to live. No matter how many roads I’ve been on, there’s always one I haven’t taken. That’s what makes it exciting.” – - Volvo Cars of North America, LLC
Check out this Volvo-supplied video with lots of great footage of Irv Gordon and his delightful 1966 Volvo P1800
Seriously, the Volvo P1800 (ES) is one of my favorite cars – ever. What a great icon and what an excellent vehicle to ride 3,000,000 miles in!