If you are joining the list of people who are keeping their cars for longer, then you may be wondering how close you are to setting a world record. The truth is that you will need to drive your car nearly 3 million miles to set a world record. Learn about some of the longest running cars in the world.
Irv Gordon drove his 1966 Volvo P1800S more than 3.2 million miles before he passed away in November 2018. The high school science teacher bought the car off the showroom floor after borrowing the money from his Dad to purchase the car for $4,150. The car was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records for being the longest-running non-commercial car to belong to a single person in the world when it had just 2.8 million miles on it. In all those miles, he only had the engine rebuilt twice with over 680,000 miles on it when the first rebuild was done.
The vehicle that has been certified to have the second most mileage on it is a 1976 Mercedes 240D. Owner Gregorios Sachinidis used the vehicle that got over 2.8 million miles as his personal car along with using it as a taxi. Mercedes purchased the car back from Gregorios along with giving him a new Mercedes Class C.
Company cars often do not last as long as private vehicles because they often do not receive the level of care that a private vehicle receives. That was not the case with a 1979 Volvo 245 GL that was owned by the S.E. Makinen Corporation. This vehicle had 1.6 million miles on it, and the company says that all they did was to give it proper care.
Owner Joseph Vaillancourt had to be heartbroken when a truck crashed into his 1963 Plymouth Fury in 1999. After all, he had already driven 1.62 million miles in the vehicle, which was just 164.5 miles short of a world record at that time. Joseph made his living as a taxi driver in Montreal and used the car daily to transport his passengers.
When Albert Klein purchased his 1963 Volkswagen Beetle for $1,900, he was determined to keep it going. Despite this being one of the most mass-produced cars in America, he finally got rid of it 24 years later. By then, he had put over seven engines and 150 tires on the car and did numerous other things.
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